A collection of monographs was recently published in a book titled “Growing Challenges for America’s Nuclear Deterrence” by the Center for Security Policy that is available from Amazon. The work goes over the state of the US arsenal and challenges to our existing inventory of weapons and delivery systems. The work looks further at how foreign nuclear powers have changed since the end of the Cold War with particular emphasis of the nuclear postures of Russia and China. It discusses legacy arms control and national security positions. This is followed by a look at the emerging challenges involving low yield nuclear weapons and the threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
I will be reviewing the book and publishing my own analysis of each of these policy elements to construct my own net assessment of US nuclear posture. The objective of this series of articles will be to see to what extent it might be possible to identify innovative opportunities to create solutions to the issue of making the world safer from the nuclear threat. I will focus on constructive comments that might have the potential to be additive to the Trump Nuclear Posture Review.
As part of preparing for this, I had a conversation with my friend actress Kelly Carlson at her home in Southern California about the subject of nuclear deterrence. Kelly and I have worked on the topic of the EMP threat in the past and she wanted quiz me about my thinking.
We recorded the conversation in a video. For your consideration, here its that conversation.