Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer
Do We Still Live In A MAD World?
E. Fox and S. Orman
The article examines the difficulty of sustaining
security as nuclear warhead capabilities and missile technologies
continue to proliferate. The effort to utilize preemption as
a means of preventing others achieving a nuclear offensive capability
has floundered in Iraq, and an effective missile defense capability
is still beyond our capacity. The Free World will have to rely
on deterrence, otherwise known as mutual assured destruction
(MAD), for several years to come. A problem exists, however,
in that the American nuclear warhead industry has been degraded
to such an extent that even ensuring the continued functionality
of the existing stockpile of nuclear warheads is in doubt. It
will be difficult and very expensive to recreate the capability
to develop and produce new warheads if such are required.
Key Words: Mutual Assured Destruction; Deterrence;
Missile defense; Nuclear warheads; Proliferation; Preemption.