Reviewing US Nuclear Deterrence Posture

(Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
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FILE – This July 4, 2017 file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea. Pyongyang has suggested North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to launch four missiles into the waters around the U.S. Pacific territory is contingent on B-1B bomber flights from Guam to Korean airspace. The B-1B, though no longer capable of carrying nuclear weapons, is one of the most advanced bombers in the Air Force and Washington has ordered such missions over Korea frequently as a show of force against Pyongyang. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)


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.



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