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Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use (Nuclear Weapons Vocabulary)

Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use (Nuclear Weapons Vocabulary)

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“No first use” is a phrase that means a nation pledges not to be the first one to employ such weapons in a conflict.  (Glossary of Nuclear Terms)

Accidental war. An accidental war is a war that starts on accident. For example, the US may mistake a flock of geese for incoming Russian nuclear missiles and return fire.

Allies.  Allies are countries that share mutually security interests. In some instances, allies have treaties with each other that mutually obligate them to defend each other in the case of an attack.

Allied prolif. Allied prolif refers to the idea of US allies getting nuclear weapons as a result of declining US security commitments.

Arms control.  Arms control refers to the voluntary limitation or reduction of weapons and their means of delivery, between and among countries, through negotiation. It is distinct from disarmament, which seeks to eliminate, also by international agreement, the means by which countries wage war. (