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September 21, 2009

Bootstraping Nukes


"One of the least emphasized interactions between a forward defense and anti-missile capability
is their ability to make actions against a rogue-state nuclear "bootstrap load" credible. Rogue states seek nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them as a way of creating a safe space behind which to arm even further. It is not the first nuke which is so dangerous as much as the succeeding ones that can be built behind them. Like a boostrap loader in a computer, a small, fast-loading piece of code pulls in more libraries behind it until you have vast system staring at you from behind the computer screen. With aspiring rogue states it may be the same. A missile defense preserves the credibility of forward defense because it makes intervention, although unlikely, a feasible operation of war. Without it, any aspiring rogue power can simply acquire one nuke and build away." -- Belmont Club » Choices

Posted by Vanderleun at September 21, 2009 12:39 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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