Issue Brief posted December 18, 2013
China’s Strategic Capabilities and Intent
Over the past year, the Chinese have been steadily improving their strategic military capabilities. It is becoming clearer that China is developing and building capabilities to have an impact beyond Asia; indeed, recent developments indicate that China is preparing a force meant to challenge and deter the United States.
China’s Nuclear Policy: Official and…
Backgrounder posted November 30, 2012
Deterrence and Nuclear Targeting in the 21st Century
News reports indicate the Obama Administration is seeking to further reduce the number of deployed warheads in the U.S. long-range nuclear force to between 300 and 1,100. In contrast, this analysis concludes that the appropriate number of operationally deployed warheads should range between 2,700 and 3,000.
The targeting policy recommended in this report responds to…
Lecture posted July 24, 2012
Open Microphone: What’s Behind President Obama’s Missile Defense Comments?
Abstract: During the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, President Obama, in an exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, stated: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin] to give me space.” “This is my last election,” he continued. “After my election I have…
America at Risk Memo posted May 21, 2012
Providing the Capabilities That the Common Defense Requires
Threats to America’s security, way of life, and allies are increasing rather than decreasing. Instability persists in the Middle East, terrorists continue to plot attacks, adversaries buy and sell ballistic missiles and nuclear technology, and the intent of countries with the ability to pose a strategic threat to the U.S. can suddenly change. Director of National…