New Directions in Arms Control

New Directions in Arms Control

By the early 1970s, much of the conceptual base for arms control efforts remained grounded in the Academy’s 1960 project and special issue of Dædalus on arms control. Little attention had been given to questions about the basic purpose of arms control efforts in light of substantial changes, such as growing détente, in military technology and the political context over the previous 10 years. In 1972, an Academy steering committee organized a study on new directions in arms control. Participants critically reviewed past developments and future trends in the evolution of military technology, strategic doctrine, domestic and economic determinants of arms policies, and the impact of international political developments and international negotiations upon arms decisions.

Resulting Publication

  • Arms, Defense Policy, and Arms Control, ed. Franklin A. Long and George Rathjens. New York: W.W. Norton Company, Inc. 1975. (out of print)

Project Data

  • PROJECT DATE: 1972-1975
  • PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Franklin A. Long (Cornell University) and George Rathjens (MIT)
  • SOURCES OF FUNDING: Johnson Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS: Johnson Foundation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


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