By The Strategic Posture Review Commission
How you can safe the nuclear peace is still some of the most profound questions of the trendy period. two decades after the top of the chilly warfare and with the arriving of a brand new management in Washington, it's time to imagine via primary questions on the needs of nuclear deterrence and the nature of the U.S. strategic posture. whereas the existential hazard to the USA has reduced, the emerging hazard of catastrophic terrorism, the ownership and unfold of nuclear guns via different states, and a normal all over the world nuclear renaissance proceed to steer judgements approximately the United States s strategic posture. spotting the altering personality of those threats, Congress shaped a fee in 2008 to ascertain the us long term strategic posture and make concepts. For greater than 11 months this bipartisan fee of prime specialists on nationwide safeguard, palms keep watch over, and nuclear expertise met with Congressional leaders, army officials, high-level officers of a number of international locations, palms keep watch over teams, and technical specialists to evaluate the right roles for nuclear guns, nonproliferation courses, and missile defenses. This authentic variation includes a dialogue of key questions and matters in addition to the fee s findings and proposals for tailoring U.S. strategic posture to new and rising standards because the global strikes in the direction of a proliferation tipping aspect.
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S. nuclear strategy and capabilities remain relevant. It is also conceivable that these assessments might change for the worse at some future time, and the United States needs to hedge against that possibility. Russia is today engaged in a broad effort to modernize its military forces. This will involve a significant further shrinkage in the overall size and structure of its conventional forces and in manpower levels. It will also involve modernization of strategic forces. It is important to understand the motives driving this effort.
Whether or when such success might be achieved is a function of resources and political commitment. As part of its effort to compensate for weaknesses in its conventional forces, Russia’s military leaders are putting more emphasis on non-strategic nuclear forces (NSNF, particularly weapons intended for tactical use on the battlefield). Russia no longer sees itself as capable of defending its vast territory and nearby interests with conventional forces. This reflects a complete reversal of the circumstance during the Cold War, when both the United States and Soviet Union deployed many thousands of NSNF.
The force is also immediately responsive in a highly controlled manner. And for the foreseeable future, there is no prospect that a significant portion of the ICBM force can be destroyed by a preemptive strike on the United States by small nuclear powers, including China. S. retaliation. Resilience and flexibility of the triad have proven valuable as the number of operationally deployed strategic nuclear weapons has declined. They promise to become even more important as systems age and if back-up systems within each leg of the triad are reduced.