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Letter from the Æther Editor
The global power distribution is changing; China and Russia pose the biggest security challenges to the US. After a 30-year hiatus, great power politics are back and with them, conflict and perhaps great power war. Given the stakes, the article offers 10 propositions.
Europe is fragmented, Russia has expanded, and the US has waffled in its stewardship of the liberal order. Long-standing Alliance relationships have been questioned, yet NATO remains the best way to keep the peace in a changing security environment.
The advantages of the US military across the spectrum of Taiwan contingencies are quickly disappearing. The Department of Defense—the services and the Joint force—must invest in conventional capabilities that would provide an edge in these conflict scenarios.
Counterforce targeting requires modification. Tailored targeting matches adversary vulnerabilities and American political objectives to produce unique targeting solutions. These solutions for various contingencies create a continuum of effective deterrent options.
An analysis of US nuclear force structure reveals the necessity of modernizing the ground-based, submarine, and bomber legs of the nuclear triad. The US must exceed the nuclear capabilities and modernization efforts of its adversaries, including modernizing an aging ICBM fleet.
US strategies and plans must work within a complex scenario that demands a multi-actor deterrence strategy. This strategy is necessary to contend with a security environment that features nuclear proliferation, cyber and space threats, and regional and hybrid conflicts.
Most cyberattacks are attempts to alter the balance of power. States can affect the balance of power by decreasing their competitors power or “handicapping.” The internet’s decreased costs and global scope have moved handicapping to a central role in international relations.
Book Review highlights in Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower Volume 1 Issue 2.
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