President-elect Donald Trump will face considerable challenges when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons and missile defense policy. An increasingly dangerous geopolitical environment, capable potential adversaries, and other nations’ increased reliance on nuclear forces, including extensive nuclear weapons and ballistic missile modernization programs, necessitate a re-evaluation of the U.S. nuclear posture that currently minimizes the role of these weapons in the U.S. national security strategy. Additionally, the next Administration will have to shepherd successful nuclear weapons and delivery platform modernization programs and funding.
As the ballistic missile threat continues to grow around the world, ballistic missile defense programs remain a quintessential feature of the U.S. national security posture for the protection of the U.S. homeland, forward-deployed troops, allies and key partners. The Trump Administration will have to make up for delays in ballistic missile defense programs at a time when adversaries are successfully advancing their own ballistic missiles.
Join us as our panelists discuss nuclear weapons, missile defense policy, and the challenges to pursuing them in the next administration. A screening of the trailer for Heritage’s updated 33 Minutes documentary will begin the program.
More About the Speakers
Senior Fellow, International Security Program, and Director, Missile Defense Project,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Director, School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy
and Director, Nuclear Policy Planning Directorate, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy