About the Author

Capt. James L. Gutierrez is the Maintenance Operations Officer for the 791st Maintenance Squadron; he oversee a 173 person squadron responsible for the scheduling, dispatching and prioritization of ICBM maintenance, balancing sustainment and alert readiness requirements for 150 Launch Facilities and 15 Launch Control Centers. Capt Gutierrez entered the Air Force through ROTC at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he attended the Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School Combat Support Course. Capt Gutierrez has been an Officer in Charge of the Vehicles and Equipment Section responsible for 42 personnel maintaining 233 vehicles and 4.5K pieces of equipment and a Munitions Accountable Systems Officer, responsible for nuclear weapon accountability and Nuclear Ordnance Commodities worth $1.2 billion. In his previous assignment Capt Gutierrez served as the Chief ICBM Flight Test, responsible for planning, executing and reporting activities for four $34M Minuteman III operational test launches. Prior to his current position Capt Gutierrez served as the Chief of Quality Assurance for the 91st Maintenance Group, responsible to the Group Commander for all inspections and evaluations and leading the Groups primary technical advisory agency.
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If We Were Them, Would We Be Deterred?

The success of deterrence has become increasingly difficult to measure. While nuclear weapons are still successfully used every day to deter some adversaries the question remains are all adversaries deterred by our nuclear forces?