The Importance of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

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January 18, 2018 The Importance of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

The Annual Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture co-hosted by the Marine Corps University Foundation

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC

Featured Speakers

General Kevin Chilton, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Fellow, National Defense University, and Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (2007-2011)


For many decades U.S. nuclear forces have aided in global nonproliferation and provided a deterrent against large-scale conventional and nuclear attacks that threaten the American homeland, forward-deployed troops, and allies. However, the value of U.S. nuclear forces depends upon the credibility of the U.S. nuclear deterrent – credibility that is threatened by neglect of U.S. nuclear infrastructure and capabilities. The nuclear threat environment is dynamic and proliferating, with old and new actors developing advanced capabilities while the U.S. enterprise is relatively static, potentially leaving the United States at a technological disadvantage. Please join us as General Kevin Chilton discusses the importance of maintaining the U.S. nuclear deterrent and the challenges facing our nuclear enterprise into the future.

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