"A great deal of the literature on war focuses either on causes or on initiation. Now a theory is developed on how a nuclear war between superpowers might end. Cimbala sets out the concept that war is a conscious and rational policy carried out by a state's policymakers who take into account a set of goals or objectives that must be measured against the cost and the risks. Determining when a war--even a nuclear one--must be ended for it to be cost effective must be assessed. The author examines the entire theory of war termination and its effect on decisions to employ nuclear weapons. The Soviet views on war and deterrence are also examined, along with the various components of the American defense system, naval engagement, and missile systems. Cimbala concludes that too little is known to allow a sound forecast on how or when either of the superpowers might end a nuclear conflict. Nevertheless, the topic must continue to be studied. Because of the high level of abstraction and theoretical content, this book is best suited for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students of strategic planning or policy processes." -- Choice
About the Author
STEPHEN J. CIMBALA is Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University and teaches at its Delaware County Campus, Media, Pa.