Nuclear Weapons Targeting: Evolution of Law and U.S. Policy
Theodore T. Richard, Nuclear Weapons Targeting: The Evolution of Law and U.S. Policy, 224 Military L. Rev. 862 (2016)
117 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017 Last revised: 6 Apr 2017
Date Written: 2017
The paper tracks the evolution of U.S. nuclear targeting policy from its strategic bombing origins through the end of the Obama Administration. It shows how targeting concepts diverged from law of war norms during the Cold War, then how the U.S. returned policy to its understanding of legal obligations afterwards. The paper also addresses ambiguities remaining in the law and identifies trends which may have policy consequences.
Keywords: Nuclear Weapons, law of war, law of armed conflict, World War II, Cold War
JEL Classification: K33
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