Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Should the United States Reject MAD? Damage Limitation and U.S. Nuclear Strategy toward China

| Summer 2016

Summary

China's growing nuclear arsenal threatens to erode the United States' damage-limitation capability—its ability to destroy Chinese forces and thereby significantly reduce the damage that an all-out Chinese nuclear attack would inflict on the United States. Nevertheless, the United States should not attempt to preserve this capability. Doing so is technologically infeasible, would not add to the U.S. nuclear deterrent, would heighten tensions with China, and would increase the risk of nuclear escalation in a crisis.

One of the authors, Charles L. Glaser, has written a policy brief based on this article, "Forgoing U.S. Damage-Limitation against China's Nuclear Weapons"

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For Academic Citation: Charles L. Glaser and Steve Fetter. Should the United States Reject MAD? Damage Limitation and U.S. Nuclear Strategy toward China.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 41. no. 1. (Summer 2016):
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