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Looking Into Nuclear Weapons: ‘Nuclear Heuristics’ – Investigating the Contributions of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter

Posted by K.E. White on March 15, 2009

Flipping on C-Span, I made an enjoyable—if dated—discovery.

Robert Zarate and Henry Sokolski—both from the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center—have co-edited a collection of writings by Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter. The Wohlstetters were pioneering thinkers of foreign policy and nuclear weapons policy.

Here is a video last month’s book-release event, a PDF version of the book and a companion website.

Andrew Marshall, director of DoD’s Office of Net Assessment, and Richard Perle, a George W. Bush national security advisor, join in a book release event for Zarate & Sokolski’s work.

As might be guessed from the round-table participants, the Wohlstetters’ research has deeply influenced leading neo-conservative voices.

Perle on Albert Wohlstetter:

“In my view Albert’s contribution to peace was great than the contribution of all of his critics put together. Not least of all because he demostrated again and again the inadequacy of the approach of his critics. In this regard his critique of arms control remains as important today as it was during the Cold War. And one can only hope that this new administration, which has already given expression to some of the deeply flawed ideas that Albert demolished thirty years ago, that one only hopes that this administration will appoint someone to a responsible position who will go back and read what Albert had to say on issues like arms control and nonproliferation.”

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