By The Strategic Posture Review Commission
Tips on how to safe the nuclear peace is still the most profound questions of the trendy period. two decades after the tip of the chilly struggle and with the coming 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 possibility to the us has lowered, the emerging possibility of catastrophic terrorism, the ownership and unfold of nuclear guns via different states, and a basic world wide nuclear renaissance proceed to steer judgements approximately the USA s strategic posture. spotting the altering personality of those threats, Congress shaped a fee in 2008 to ascertain the U.S. long term strategic posture and make innovations. For greater than 11 months this bipartisan fee of best specialists on nationwide defense, fingers keep an eye on, and nuclear expertise met with Congressional leaders, army officials, high-level officers of numerous international locations, hands regulate teams, and technical specialists to evaluate the perfect roles for nuclear guns, nonproliferation courses, and missile defenses. This reputable variation incorporates 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 toward a proliferation tipping aspect.
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Extra info for America's Strategic Posture: the final report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
Allies and friends at least as much as they affect the United States. Their particular views of the requirements of ex- On Challenges and Opportunities 17 tended deterrence and assurance in an evolving security environment must be understood and addressed by the United States. 9. The conditions that might make the elimination of nuclear weapons possible are not present today and establishing such conditions would require a fundamental transformation of the world political order. Nonetheless, the Commission recommends a number of steps that can reduce nuclear dangers.
To varying degrees, they have put in place programs for new delivery systems and warheads. ) while others are intended to both replace existing capabilities and create some new ones (as in the case of France, China, and Russia). The United States has maintained confidence in its nuclear weapons primarily through the Stockpile Stewardship Program and Life Extension Program. S. delivery systems and warheads age. The other four nuclear weapon states have faced these circumstances, made difficult decisions, and moved forward.
But they are also the subject of a separate commission. Findings 1. S. nuclear posture consists of many elements, including operationally deployed strategic nuclear weapons; forward-deployed tactical nuclear weapons; the triad of strategic nuclear delivery systems; the delivery systems for forward-deployed weapons; the stockpile of warheads held in operational reserve; a stockpile of fissile material appropriate for use in warheads; the associated command, control, and intelligence systems; and the infrastructure associated with the production of all of these capabilities.
America's Strategic Posture: the final report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States by The Strategic Posture Review Commission