Sharpening The Arsenal

 The book “Sharpening the Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy” examines the efficacy of India’s declared nuclear doctrine of credible minimum deterrence
with a no first use posture and surveys the nuclear arsenals of India, China and Pakistan. The book points out the futility of and the risks inherent in Pakistan’s acquisition of tactical nuclear warheads (TNWs), analyses India’s Cold Start doctrine and takes stock of the state of strategic stability in South Asia.

 Other issues covered in the book include the threat of nuclear  terrorism, BMD, nuclear CBMs and NRRMs, the implications of the Indo-US nuclear deal for deterrence, non-proliferation challenges and nuclear disarmament. It ends with a series of recommendations to sharpen the arsenal.