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What does M.A.D. mean? M.A.D. refers to the full-scale use of nuclear weapons by two opposing sides, resulting in one clear, obvious outcome – mutually assured destruction. The policy of M.A.D. rests on the idea that if two countries or continents are equally as capable of destroying one another through nuclear attack, then there is no incentive for either side to pull the trigger, or remove it. Instead, nuclear-capable countries keep each other in check with the knowledge of the MAD doctrine, and that any sort of “first move” would result in global nuclear devastation.
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Created by Daniel Turner (B.A. (Hons) in History, University College London)
Script Writer: Natasha Martell
Mutual Assured Destruction
No. 133 (Nov. – Dec., 2002), pp. 40-42 (3 pages)
Published By: Slate Group, LLC
Nuclear Superiority or Mutually Assured Deterrence: The Development of the US Nuclear Deterrent
David S. McDonough
Vol. 60, No. 3, Canada in the World: Annual John W. Holmes Issue on Canadian Foreign Policy (Summer, 2005), pp. 811-823 (13 pages)
Published By: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Between Assured Destruction and Nuclear Victory: The Case for the “Mad-Plus” Posture
Robert J. Art
Vol. 95, No. 3, Special Issue: Symposium on Ethics and Nuclear Deterrence (Apr., 1985), pp. 497-516 (20 pages)
Published By: The University of Chicago Press