Brig. Vijai K Nair (Retd). Dr. Nair an M Sc. in Defence Studies and a Ph. D. in Political Science. He specializes in Nuclear Strategy formulation and nuclear arms control negotiations. He has considerable experience on issues related to NPT, CTBT and FMCT. Dr. Nair is currently revising the nuclear strategy for India [in keeping with nuclear transience] suggested in his book “Nuclear India.” Besides two tenures of combat duty, in service experience includes being a Member Army Experts Committee - 1989-90; Core staff officer to the Committee on Defence Expenditure 1990.
He is the Life Trustee of the Forum for Strategic & Security Studies; and, Managing Director, Magoo Strategic Infotech Pvt Ltd. An information service providing daily news updates and analyses on “Nuclear Agenda’s”.
Independent of the operational strategy followed by the US military to defeat Japan, the US detonated two nuclear devices over Hiroshima and Nagasaki bringing the Second World War to an abrupt end. Japan surrendered, not because of its inability to stand up to US military genius or strength but because the President of the US authorized the use of the Atom Bomb to eliminate two whole cities in a blinding flash. Because of the destructive capabilities demonstrated by this phenomenal bomb the militaries in the West and their rivals declared this a weapon and have spent years in developing war-fighting concepts, doctrines, structures and systems to incorporate nuclear weapons as a military instrument of war.
The professional growth of senior military officers in the US is tempered by the evolution of means, methods and structures designed to win wars by threatening to apply nuclear weapons to any and all warfighting situations. Atom bombs became military weapons that swamped military thought for four long decades of the Cold War, literally cornered the minds of strategic planners and thinkers and became a naturally accepted element of military munitions that accompanied US forces deployed to project military power. The omnipresence of tactical nuclear weapons is second nature to the US psyche – both military and civil.