This op. ed. commemorates the thirtieth anniversary of Colonel Stanislas Petrov's not reporting the incoming missiles which appeared on his radar screen in September 1983 and engages with the retrospective assessment of this act as realistic. It argues that claims of being realistic in the management of nuclear weapons often misunderstand the history of the nuclear age, the present situation, and the long-term challenges of a nuclear-armed world.
|Journal||Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Sep 2013|
- nuclear weapons policy
- nuclear proliferation
- Nuclear Deterrence
- Nuclear weapons
- Nuclear arms race