Why policy makers should beware claims of new ‘arms races’

15 July 2022
by Haydn Belfield, Christian Ruhl

Haydn Belfield and Christian Ruhl have an article in The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

In the past, mistaken fears about technologies other countries were pursuing led the US to rush to create military technologies it didn't necessarily need. Which is why policymakers should beware of claims of new arms races.

Overblown fears that a rival is gaining a technological edge can lead to costly, dangerous, and unnecessary escalation.

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