Nuclear Forces: Restore the Primacy of Deterrence
December 12, 2016
U.S. nuclear deterrent forces have long been the foundation of U.S. national security and the highest priority of the Department of Defense. As President-elect Donald Trump has observed, nuclear weapons pose “the single greatest threat” to the nation. In the coming year, the new administration will review the state of U.S. nuclear forces, the nation’s nuclear policy and posture, and how the strategic environment has changed. With that comes the opportunity to send a strong signal that deterrence has returned to the top of the U.S. nuclear agenda, and that the United States is committed to modernizing the strategic triad.
The United States needs a modern, flexible, and adaptable nuclear enterprise suited to the deterrence challenges of the 21st century.
Photo credit: SENIOR AIRMAN KRISTOFFER KAUBISCH OR SENIOR AIRMAN ANDREW CRAWFORD/U.S. Air Force