Mutually Assured Destruction (Cold War -)


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Mutually Assured Destruction (Cold War -)



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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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Mutual Assured Destruction
Robert Jervis
Foreign Policy
No. 133 (Nov. – Dec., 2002), pp. 40-42 (3 pages)
Published By: Slate Group, LLC

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David S. McDonough
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Published By: Sage Publications, Ltd.

Between Assured Destruction and Nuclear Victory: The Case for the “Mad-Plus” Posture
Robert J. Art
Ethics
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

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1961-1968/cuban-missile-crisis#:~:text=The%20Cuban%20Missile%20Crisis%20of,came%20closest%20to%20nuclear%20conflict.

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  1. I thought that the reason why nuclear annihilation never happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis was because the subs missile door got stuck and it prevented the missile from being launched? Or am I thinking of a different crisis?

  2. There were also a radio transmission from the US fleet and the Russian submarine:

    US Fleet: Ambatukam
    Russian Submarine: амбатунат
    US Fleet: Ambasing
    Russian Submarine: амбатублоу
    US Fleet: Ambatukaaa haaaaaaa aaaaaa

    This clearly indicates that both sides are confused of what's happening. Truly fascinating.

  3. Missed the Dropshot plan when the US planned to bomb the USSR with atomic bombs. Which was somewhat similar to the British "Unthinkable".

  4. What about that time when the Soviets thought that the USA had launched nukes in them but it was just a computer glitch? It’s not like the Russians were super close to retaliate with more nukes

  5. Why did Vasily Arkhipov never get a Nobel Peace Prize? He's done more for World Peace, then Barack Obama did… As did the Atom Bomb and the MAD Concept, by the way…

  6. When one country had nuclear weapons, they were setting those things like they were firecrackers. Since two countries have had nuclear weapons, not one of them has gone off. They gave the Jewish scientist couple, who sold the nuclear secrets to the Soviets the electric chair, but in retrospect they should of got the Nobel Peace Prize.

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