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Caging the genies : a workable solution for nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons
Turner, Stansfield, 1923-
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[Second edition].
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Edition statement from p. xi.

Rev. ed. of: Caging the nuclear genie.
Reading Level:
1320 Lexile.
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The Cold War may be over, but you wouldn't know it from the tens of thousands of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction still held by Russia, the United States, and other world powers. Arguing that the time has come to dispense with incremental approaches to arms control, Admiral Stansfield Turner, the former head of the CIA and an experienced senior military commander, proposes a practical yet safe plan?strategic escrow?that would move the world into a new and secure millennium. The paperback edition of this widely acclaimed work has been updated to consider the implications of such a build-down if applied to non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Specifically, Admiral Turner details how a plan for weapons reduction could be carried out for biological and chemical weapons and what tactical and strategic differences exist between de-escalation of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons.

Author Notes

Stansfield Turner was born in Highland Park, Illinois on December. 1, 1923. He was admitted to the United States Naval Academy in 1943. He received degrees in politics, economics, and philosophy from Oxford University in 1950. As he rose through the ranks during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he commanded a minesweeper, a destroyer, a carrier group, and a fleet. He served as president of the Naval War College from 1972 to 1974. He was an admiral commanding the southern flank of NATO when President Jimmy Carter asked him to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Turner became director on March 9, 1977 and served for all four years of Carter's presidency.

Turner spent his remaining years writing and lecturing on the C.I.A. and American national security. He wrote several books including Secrecy and Democracy: The CIA in Transition and Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence. He died on January 18, 2018 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Acronymsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Problem
1 The Spell Cast by Weapons of Mass Destructionp. 7
Part 2 The Theory
2 Points of Non-recoveryp. 31
3 Points of Self-Deterrencep. 51
4 Controlled Responsep. 65
Part 3 The Solution
5 Strategic Escrowp. 81
6 No First-Usep. 89
7 Defensesp. 95
8 Global Managementp. 113
9 Reshaping Decisionmakingp. 131
10 The Sine Qua Non--Citizen Supportp. 141
Appendix A Lethality of Nuclear Weaponsp. 149
Appendix B Excerpts from "Nuclear Crash--The U.S. Economy After Small Nuclear Attacks," M. Anjali Sastry, Joseph J. Romm, and Kosta Tsipisp. 159
Appendix C Calculation of Russian Forces Surviving a U.S. Preemptive Attackp. 169
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 181