Two Sides of the Nuclear Sword

New U.S. weapons may make Americans less secure

"Strategic stability is the holy grail to defense planners," says former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Hopes of achieving national military superiority disappeared in the radioactive clouds over Hiroshima; today nuclear deterrence is built on the shaky assurance that either the U.S. or the Soviet Union could absorb an attack and still devastate its enemy in response. By this logic, a first strike would never be attempted.

But the $2.4 trillion Reagan military buildup is producing weapons that seem designed to upset the strategic balance and give the U.S. a nuclear advantage over the Soviet Union. Experts warn that weapons systems...

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