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Volume 8, Issue 1.
Does the United States need a civil defense system? In the following article, Jonathan Mostow emphatically argues against the Reagan Administration's attempts to revive a national civil defense program and the false security which it engenders. The "city evacuation" concept is a mere update of the bomb shelter mentality of the 1950s, and no more ... read moreeffective now than it was then. Implementation of this policy would risk economic collapse, tempt the Soviets in the dangerous game of nuclear brinkmanship and undermine rather than contribute to national security. Speculating on potential scenarios and responses, Mostow unmasks the fatal logic of civil defense and reaffirms the validity of mutually assured destruction doctrine as a basis for preventing nuclear war.