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  • Views of Strategic Stability and of Deterrence in the Asia Pacific: AY18 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2018

    Views of Strategic Stability and of Deterrence in the Asia Pacific: AY18 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2018

    Edited by Dr. James E. Platte and Dr. Todd Robinson, USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
    The Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, composed of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students, developed a series of papers in response to research questions from the commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration in 2018. The papers address views of deterrence and assurance in the Asia-Pacific and adversaries' perceptions of strategic stability. This collection of papers represents ongoing critical thinking on strategic policy issues conducted at Maxwell AFB.

  • Chemical and Biological Warfare Overview, 2015

    Chemical and Biological Warfare Overview, 2015

    Authored by USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
    This primer offers a basic level of understanding on the threat of chemical and biological weapons and how the U.S. government develops its response to their potential adversarial use.

  • South Korean Efforts to Counter North Korean Aggression

    South Korean Efforts to Counter North Korean Aggression

    Edited by Dr. James E. Platte and Dr. Todd Robinson, USAF Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
    Recent North Korean nuclear aggression has raised debates about how the United States should secure its interests in North-east Asia. However, any action on the peninsula should consider the security preferences of American allies, especially the Republic of Korea (ROK). With militaristic rhetoric coming from the Trump administration, the question arises of how important U.S. policy is to the actions of our Korean allies in countering North Korean (DPRK) nuclear aggression. Thus, it is important to review nuclear crises of the past and the alignment of U.S. and ROK policy toward Pyongyang. This paper reviews three periods of nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula and argues that U.S. military policy is not the sole factor deter-mining South Korean response to DPRK nuclear provocation. South Korea’s strategic culture of self-reliance drives non-nuclear diplomatic and military responses while allowing Seoul to depend on the U.S. alliance for its nuclear deterrent.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deterrence and Assurance Missions: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deterrence and Assurance Missions: AY17 Strategic Deterrence Research Papers, 2017

    Edited by Dr. Todd Robinson and Al Mauroni, USAF Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL 
    The Air University Deterrence Research Task Force, composed of Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students, developed a series of papers in response to a research question from Gen Robin Rand, Commander, US Air Force Global Strike Command, focused on the evaluation of bomber assurance and deterrence missions. This collection of papers represents ongoing critical thinking on strategic policy issues conducted at Maxwell, AFB.

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