March 21, 2012
Can NATO Come Clean About Its Nukes?
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
At the peak of the Cold War, more than 7,000 and as many as 24 different types of tactical -- or nonstrategic -- nuclear weapons were deployed by the United States through the NATO framework in Europe. The role of the weapons was to buttress deterrence of a Soviet military strike by countering the perception that, after the Warsaw Pact, NATO conventional forces were inferior to Soviet conventional forces. Some of the US tactical nuclear weapons -- which were stationed in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom -- are still there.
TAGGED: NATO, Nuclear Weapons