Author(s): Robert Green
Over twenty years after the Cold War ended, some 23,000 nuclear weapons remain. The nuclear weapon states cite nuclear deterrence doctrine as the final, indispensable justification for maintaining their nuclear arsenals. This drives the spread of nuclear weapons to paranoid regimes and extremists who are least likely to be deterred. The fallacies of nuclear deterrence must therefore be exposed and alternatives offered if there is to be any serious prospect of eliminating nuclear weapons. A former operator of British nuclear weapons, Commander Green has drawn together a concise, carefully researched and documented account of the history, practicalities and dangerous contradictions at the heart of nuclear deterrence. He offers more credible, effective and responsible alternative strategies to deter aggression and achieve real security.
‘Commander Rob Green is in the rare position of having looked deeply at nuclear policy making and execution from the inside as well as the outside. A lifetime of reflection has prepared him to write one of the best informed and most searching critiques of the central strategic doctrine of the nuclear age – nuclear deterrence – that I know of.’ Jonathan Schell, author of The Fate of the Earth and The Seventh Decade, Yale University
‘Robert Green’s important book will doubtless cause perturbation amongst his former colleagues and in UK government and defence circles more widely, but they should read it carefully as they approach the decision point for the future of UK’s nuclear deterrent.’ Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham KCB, RUSI Vice President
‘We urge those members of our and other governments who are wrestling with these problems to read it. For every member of the general public who wishes to understand the arguments as well as the issues, a copy should be made available in every public library.’ General Sir Hugh Beach and General Lord David Ramsbotham
'I commend this book to all readers – experts and generalists alike – who wish to gain a deeper understanding of nuclear deterrence, surely one of the most controversial ideas of our time.’ Sergio Duarte, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Commander Robert Green is a former operator of British nuclear weapons and the first ex-British Navy Commander with nuclear weapon experience to speak out against them. Commander Green served for twenty years in the British Royal Navy from 1962-82.