Thursday, May 07, 2009

U.S. Nuclear Strategy

The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States has released its final report about U.S. nuclear strategy. Entitled America's Strategic Posture: The Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United, the executive summary's introduction states that in preparing its report the Commission addressed the following questions:

  • What factors in the external security environment should inform U.S. policy and strategy?
  • How has U.S. nuclear and strategic policy evolved since the end of the Cold War?
  • What role should nuclear weapons and U.S. strategic military capabilities more generally (including missile defense) play today in U.S. military strategy and national security strategy?
  • How should U.S. forces be postured? How many nuclear weapons are “enough?”
  • How can political instruments be used to shape the security environment? What can arms control contribute? How can nonproliferation be strengthened?
  • What is the most efficient and effective way to maintain a safe, secure,
    and reliable deterrent?