More Harm Than Good: Assessing the Nuclear Arsenal Tipping Point
The first study of its kind shows how detrimental nuclear attack would be for the aggressor nation.
One hundred. That’s the number researchers argue is a pragmatic quantity of nuclear weapons for any nation to have.
To put that number in perspective, the U.S. and Russia each currently have thousands of nuclear weapons. Both nations hew to the concept of nuclear deterrence—more firepower is intimidating and makes other countries think twice before picking a fight.
More than 100 nuclear weapons in a nation’s arsenal does more harm than good—as using them can destabilize the country that uses them even in a best-case scenario.
Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), and David Denkenberger, assistant professor at Tennessee State University and director of Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED), co-authored an article published yesterday in the journal Safety.
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