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America's Strategic Posture: the final report of the by The Strategic Posture Review Commission

By The Strategic Posture Review Commission

How one can safe the nuclear peace is still probably the most profound questions of the fashionable period. two decades after the top of the chilly conflict and with the arriving of a brand new management in Washington, it's time to imagine via primary questions about the needs of nuclear deterrence and the nature of the U.S. strategic posture. whereas the existential hazard to the U.S. has lowered, the emerging possibility of catastrophic terrorism, the ownership and unfold of nuclear guns by way of different states, and a normal around the globe nuclear renaissance proceed to persuade judgements approximately the USA s strategic posture. spotting the altering personality of those threats, Congress shaped a fee in 2008 to check the us long term strategic posture and make ideas. For greater than 11 months this bipartisan fee of major specialists on nationwide safeguard, hands keep watch over, and nuclear know-how met with Congressional leaders, army officials, high-level officers of numerous international locations, hands keep watch over teams, and technical specialists to evaluate the fitting roles for nuclear guns, nonproliferation courses, and missile defenses. This professional variation includes a dialogue of key questions and matters in addition to the fee s findings and suggestions for tailoring U.S. strategic posture to new and rising necessities because the international strikes in the direction of a proliferation tipping aspect.

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The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force imposes on a prospective aggressor the need to contemplate attacking only with very large number of nuclear weapons, substantially depleting its forces 26 America’s Strategic Posture while ensuring a devastating response by the United States. 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.

For the deterrence of attacks by regional powers or terrorists, the weapons requirements are relatively modest. Even deterrence of China does not require large numbers. Currently, no one seriously contemplates a direct Russian attack on the United States. S. allies located closer to Russia are fearful of Russia and look to the United States for reassurance. 5. S. forces. Substantial stockpile reductions would need to be done bilaterally with the Russians, and at some level of reductions, with other nuclear powers.

In formulating an overall posture, the United States should employ a broad concept of deterrence. Extended deterrence and dissuasion and the need to hedge against uncertainty have design implications for the posture. 4. S. forces remains overwhelmingly driven by Russia. For the deterrence of attacks by regional powers or terrorists, the weapons requirements are relatively modest. Even deterrence of China does not require large numbers. Currently, no one seriously contemplates a direct Russian attack on the United States.

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