What Steps Are Necessary for the United States to Remain on Top of Its Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
Modernizing Our Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
During the Cold War years the name of the nuclear weapons game was the balanced tension of mutual assured destruction between the United States and the former Soviet Union. The two-player model has been replaced in the post-Cold War era by one of asymmetrical threats posed by rogue states and terrorist organizations acquiring weapons of mass destruction and long-range delivery mechanisms.
This new reality dictates a more flexible and forward-looking nuclear weapons policy on the part of the United States, according to the Nuclear Posture Review, a review of U.S. nuclear forces conducted by the Department of Defense. We must, for example, be prepared to deal with the consequences of a nuclear electromagnetic pulse device exploded at high altitude that could cripple electronic systems, computers and electrical grids across entire regions of the country.
This nuclear weapons assessment also addresses how and under what circumstances America's own nuclear forces could be used. One example would be the precision use of nuclear weapons of varying yields commensurate with the threat in a dynamic and shifting environment. Additionally, the United States must assure friends and allies of continued U.S. capability to defend its interests, dissuade its adversaries from reckless acts through a position of strength and convince the world that our deterrent capabilities are not just a bluff, but we mean business.
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