By The Strategic Posture Review Commission
The right way to safe the nuclear peace is still probably the most profound questions of the trendy period. two decades after the tip of the chilly warfare 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 chance to the U.S. has diminished, the emerging probability of catastrophic terrorism, the ownership and unfold of nuclear guns by means of different states, and a basic 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 envision the us long term strategic posture and make suggestions. For greater than 11 months this bipartisan fee of top specialists on nationwide defense, palms keep an eye on, and nuclear expertise met with Congressional leaders, army officials, high-level officers of numerous international locations, hands keep an eye on teams, and technical specialists to evaluate the ideal roles for nuclear guns, nonproliferation courses, and missile defenses. This legitimate variation features a dialogue of key questions and concerns in addition to the fee s findings and suggestions for tailoring U.S. strategic posture to new and rising necessities because the global strikes towards a proliferation tipping element.
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Extra resources for America's Strategic Posture: the final report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
Finding 1. S. strategic posture. Recommendations 1. The United States should develop and, where appropriate, deploy missile defenses against regional nuclear aggressors, including against limited long-range threats. It should also develop effective capabilities to defend against increasingly complex missile threats. 2. While the missile threats posed by potential regional aggressors are countered, the United States should ensure that its actions do not lead Russia or China to take actions that increase the threat to the United States and its allies and friends.
The skills being exercised today for nuclear deterrent forces are almost exclusively related to the less demanding sustainment of systems first deployed many years ago. The need for special efforts to sustain key components of the large diameter ballistic missile infrastructure has been repeatedly recognized since 1990. On the present path, in the not too distant future, the infrastructure unique to strategic missiles will not be available for any new programs or to respond to major problems, should they develop, in deployed systems.
S. delivery systems and warheads age. The other four nuclear weapon states have faced these circumstances, made difficult decisions, and moved forward. S. intelligence community to make assessments of foreign nuclear developments. Policymakers should appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of such information. Various commissions have highlighted flaws in WMD intelligence and steps are being taken to implement their recommendations. It is important to bear in mind that intelligence is incomplete on other states with nuclear weapons or fledgling programs—as well as non-state actors seeking nuclear weapons.
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