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Strategic Studies Quarterly

Volume 11 Issue 3 - Fall 2017

Policy Forum

 An Interview with General John E. Hyten An Interview with General John E. Hyten,
Commander, USSTRATCOM

"Regarding the NPR, I am confident we will end up with a very strong approach to nuclear deterrence, which will include modernization of our forces."


A Nuclear Review for a New Age A Nuclear Review for a New Age

Keith B. Payne, John S. Foster Jr., 
and Gary L. Geipel

US nuclear policy must shift away from a focus on progressive reductions and limitations for nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament purposes toward deterrence of enemies, the assurance of allies, and the limitation of damage in the event deterrence fails.


The Long-Range Standoff Weapon and the 2017 Nuclear Posture Review The Long-Range Standoff Weapon and the 2017 Nuclear Posture Review

Adam B. Lowther
 
It is time to make a full-throated defense of nuclear modernization and use the NPR to make the case for the long-range standoff cruise missile


 Missile Defense and the Nuclear Posture Review Missile Defense and the Nuclear Posture Review

Thomas Karako
 
Missile defenses support deterrence rather than undermine it.  They improve crisis stability, raise the threshold for aggression, buy time and create otherwise unavailable options for decision-makers.


Nuclear Modernization: Best Bang for Our Bucks Nuclear Modernization: Best Bang for Our Bucks

Michaela Dodge
 
As US delivery platforms reach the end of their service lives and nuclear warheads age, programs to modernize and sustain them face a number of challenges.  The NPR offers a unique opportunity to reexamine the challenges.


Feature Article

Best Options for the Nuclear Posture Review Best Options for the Nuclear Posture Review

Anna Péczeli
 
It is essential for the Trump administration to follow its predecessor, and live up to US obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by recommitting to global zero as a long term goal.


Perspectives

Nuclear Arms Control: A Nuclear Posture Review Opportunity Nuclear Arms Control: A Nuclear Posture Review Opportunity

Stephen J. Cimbala
 
US nuclear posture includes national priorities for nuclear arms control. One important issue for the Trump administration is the possibility of extending or revising the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.



Nuclear Weapons and Political Behavior Nuclear Weapons and Political Behavior

James Wood Forsyth Jr.
 
The slow, steady spread of nuclear weapons is likely to continue.  However, upgrading systems today need not equate to an increase in aggregate numbers. The United States would do well to keep its nuclear arsenal relatively small.


Book Reviews

Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy

By:  Todd S. Sechser and Matthew Fuhrman
 
Reviewed by: Joe Petrucelli



Arms and Influence Arms and Influence: U.S. Technology Innovations and the Evolution of International Security Norms

By:  Jeffrey S. Lantis
 
Reviewed by:  Lt Col Mark T. Peters, USAF  



Against the Tide Against the Tide

By:  Rear Adm Dave Oliver, USN, Retired  
 
Reviewed by:  Maj Walter J. Darnell III, USAF



Intercept 1961: The Birth of Soviet Missile Defense Intercept 1961: The Birth of Soviet Missile Defense

By:  Mike Gruntman

Reviewed by:  Lt Col Jasin Cooley, USAF  



Strategy & Defence Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Unvetainty Strategy & Defence Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Uncertainty

By:  Colin S. Gray  
 
Reviewed by:  Lt Col Mark Peters, USAF  



US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower US Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy: The Evolution of an Incidental Superpower

By:  Mackubin Thomas Owens, Nikolas Gvosdev, and Derek Reveron
 
Reviewed by:  LTC Kurt P. VanderSteen, USA, Retired  



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