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Unformatted text preview: of people at one time. The Proliferation and Control of Nuclear Weapons In the 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union led the world in an arms race, each competing to build a more powerful military arsenal than its adversary. If either superpower were to initiate a full-scale war, the retaliatory powers of the other nation would result in the destruction of both nations. Thus, the principle of mutually assured destruction ( MAD ) that developed from nuclear weapons capabilities transformed war from a win-lose proposition to a lose-lose scenario. If both sides would lose in a war, the theory goes, neither side would initiate war. In a recent national survey of U.S. registered voters, 69 percent responded that a goal of the United States should be to reduce or eliminate nuclear weapons, 14 percent favored building new or better nuclear weapons, 13 percent favored maintaining current levels, and 4 percent were unsure....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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