A selection of articles authored and co-authored by Robert McNamara on nuclear weapons policy and national security.


1964 McNamara Defines His Job

1966 Arithmetic of War

Robert S. McNamara (1966) Arithmetic of War, Washington Post, 3 March

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Nuclear Weapons and the Atlantic Alliance

1983 No Second Use

1983 Cut Defense Outlays

1983 The Military Role of Nuclear Weapons

1983 Inviting War

Robert S. McNamara (1983) Inviting War, New York Times, 15 September

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1984:5 Arms Control

Robert S. McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, George Kennan (1984) Arms Control: The President’s Choice: Star Wars or Arms Control, Foreign Affairs, Winter 1984/85

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Review (1985) W. Ladd Hollist, Brigham Young University Studies, Vol.25, No.1 (Winter 1985), 167-174


1985 Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War

1986 15 Years of Arms Control Demolished

1986 The Folly of Scrapping SALT

1986 Reykjavik's Grounds for Hope

1987 Blundering Into Disaster

1987 Can Civilisation Survive?

Robert S. McNamara (1987) Can Civilization Survive Defense in the Nuclear Age? Challenge, March-April 1987

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Review (1987) David B. Rivkin Jr., Challenge, Vol.30, No.3 (Jul/Aug 1987), 62-64


1987 Early Dismantlement of the ABM Treaty

1987 Reykjavik - Breathrough or Blunder?

1988 The New Administration and the Future of Arms Control

1991 Nuclear Weapons After the Cold War

1992 One Minute to Doomsday

1993 Nobody Needs Nukes

Robert S. McNamara (1993) Nobody Needs Nukes, New York Times, 23 February

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McNamara et al (1994) Sino-American Military Relations

Robert S. McNamara et al (1994) Sino-American Military Relations: mutual responsibilities in the post-Cold War era

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Review (1995) Paul H. B. Godwin, The China Quarterly, No.143 (Sep 1995), 869-870


2001 In From the Cold

2001 Nuclear Arms Still Keep the Peace


2002 Forty Years After 13 Days

2005 Apocalypse Soon

Robert S. McNamara (2005) Apocalypse Soon, Foreign Policy, May/June 2005

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2005 Maximum Bob