Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published August 28, 2017
"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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By: Todd S. Sechser and Matthew Fuhrman
Reviewed by: Joe Petrucelli
By: Jeffrey S. Lantis
Reviewed by: Lt Col Mark T. Peters, USAF
By: Rear Adm Dave Oliver, USN, Retired
Reviewed by: Maj Walter J. Darnell III, USAF
By: Mike Gruntman
Reviewed by: Lt Col Jasin Cooley, USAF
By: Colin S. Gray
Reviewed by: Lt Col Mark Peters, USAF
By: Mackubin Thomas Owens, Nikolas Gvosdev, and Derek Reveron
Reviewed by: LTC Kurt P. VanderSteen, USA, Retired
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