About the Author

Major Shane "Axl" Praiswater is a B-52 Evaluator Pilot and Weapons Officer currently stationed at Barksdale AFB, LA. He has over 2000 hours in the B-52 (including 300+ combat hours) and is a PhD student at Pepperdine University.
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An unarmed AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile is released from a B-52H Stratofortress Sept. 22, 2014, over the Utah Test and Training Range during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program sortie.

analysisNext Gen Perspectives

Strategies of Limited Nuclear War

What dictates escalation choices? For U.S. adversaries, the foremost concern may not be the security of the state or even the contested objective, but the security of the regime itself.