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National Security and Defense

Nuclear Forces and Strategy

Nuclear Weapons and the Future of National Security

The U.S. declaratory policy must be simple and forceful so that our adversaries have as little room to miscalculate as possible. Read More.

Air Force Needs to Stay Focused on Nuclear Mission

Recently, the Air Force has struggled to maintain standards of excellence in fulfilling a critical mission: being ready to respond to a nuclear attack. Read More.

Unacceptable Squeeze on Defense Modernization

The sequestration under the Budget Control Act coupled with already-existing spending caps will squeeze funding for new weapons, equipment and research and development for new technologies to a dangerous degree. Read More.

Nuclear Certification for a New Bomber

The Obama Administration’s 2010 Nuclear Posture Review says that bombers are central to extended deterrence, but the Obama Administration is willing to let the capability of the bomber force decline for the next several decades. Read More.

The U.S. nuclear triad is aging. The nuclear testing moratoriumand the required reductions under New START are magnifying questions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal’s reliability and the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. Reversing this atrophy will require significant investments in modernizing the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.


Experts on Nuclear Forces and Strategy

  • James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. img James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

    Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow

  • Michaela Dodge img Michaela Dodge

    Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy