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Nuclear Forces and Strategy

2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength

The Index is an annual assessment of the state of America’s “hard power,” the geographic and functional environments relevant to the United States’ vital national interests. Read More.

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.

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.

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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

    Senior Policy Analyst, Defense and Strategic Policy