Defence and Security Studies no. 2/2010
Title: Nuclear strategy and the development of military technology. The case of the Fleet Ballistic Missile programme.
Author: Sébastien Miraglia
Number of pages: 127
Nuclear weapons technology has a critical impact on international security. Nevertheless, the development of military technology requires a level of technical expertise that iften prevents civilian authorities from directly controlling research and development activities. Using the Fleet Ballistic Missile programme of the US Nay as a case study, Sébastien Miraglia explores how military organisations transform declaratory policies and nuclear strategies into engineering problems.
This study unveils the conditions under which political control over nuclear technology may be secured, or lost. Based on recently declassified documents and interview transcripts of decisive actors, it also provides valuable insights on contemporary nuclear weapons issues. Wha are the origins of key technologies used by current and forthcoming nuclear weapons systems? To what extent should political leaders intervene in the selection of technical solutions? And, how does the relation between new strategies and aging technologies evolve over time?
Sébastien Miraglia holds an MA in peace and conflict studies from the University of Oslo, and a degree in international relations and defence studies from the University of Lyon (France). He is currently a research fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.