By The Strategic Posture Review Commission
How you can safe the nuclear peace is still the most profound questions of the fashionable period. two decades after the tip of the chilly struggle and with the arriving of a brand new management in Washington, it's time to imagine via primary questions on the needs of nuclear deterrence and the nature of the U.S. strategic posture. whereas the existential hazard to the USA has diminished, the emerging chance of catastrophic terrorism, the ownership and unfold of nuclear guns through different states, and a common all over the world nuclear renaissance proceed to persuade judgements approximately the USA s strategic posture. spotting the altering personality of those threats, Congress shaped a fee in 2008 to check the U.S. long term strategic posture and make ideas. For greater than 11 months this bipartisan fee of major specialists on nationwide safety, palms keep watch over, and nuclear expertise met with Congressional leaders, army officials, high-level officers of numerous international locations, palms regulate teams, and technical specialists to evaluate the fitting roles for nuclear guns, nonproliferation courses, and missile defenses. This reliable variation encompasses a dialogue of key questions and matters in addition to the fee s findings and suggestions for tailoring U.S. strategic posture to new and rising necessities because the global strikes towards a proliferation tipping element.
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America's Strategic Posture: the final report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States by The Strategic Posture Review Commission