I have looked over the basic idea of MAD but I don't understand how write a 10 page essay over this topic.Essay question:Evaluate the strategic logic of Mutual Assured Destruction. Does nulcear...

I have looked over the basic idea of MAD but I don't understand how write a 10 page essay over this topic.

Essay question:

Evaluate the strategic logic of Mutual Assured Destruction. Does nulcear deterrence increase security

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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a great deal of information about this all over the Internet.  If you Google this topic you will see thousands of references connected to this topic.  MAD, of course, is an evolutionary defense strategy based on the concept that neither the United States nor its enemies will ever start a nuclear war because the other side will retaliate massively and unacceptably.   The question as to “does it work” can be answered in part by the fact that we have not blown each other up with these weapons of mass destruction.  MAD is really a product of the 1950s’ US doctrine of massive retaliation, and despite attempts to redefine it in contemporary terms like flexible response and nuclear deterrence, it has remained the central theme of American defense planning for well over three decades.  But MAD was developed during a time of unreliable missile technology and was based on a mortal fear of Communism, aggravated by ignorance of an unknown enemy that lurked behind an iron curtain. Times have changed. Missile guidance improvements have eliminated the need for multiple targeting by redundant weapon systems. More importantly, our enemies have changed as have our fears about Communist domination. 

To write the paper begin with a strong introduction, then include a history of what brought about the need for MAD, and conclude with your position or opinion of the relevance in today's world.

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