The papers included in this volume comprise research from participants in the 2018 Nuclear Scholars Initiative and the PONI Conference Series. These papers explore such topics as the impacts of emerging technologies and capabilities, deep-diving on nuclear strategy and national policies, proposing paths forward for addressing proliferation challenges, and enhancing arms control in contentious environments.
While the current environment continues to challenge the United States, future threats will further weaken America’s nuclear weapons stockpile without action. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review called for nuclear modernization and the time is now to act and secure our strategic deterrent for the future.
An Air Force weapons officer works “from the target back” to propose a radical new policy.
While critics of nuclear arms often describe them as indiscriminate weapons that would be used to target civilian population centers, U.S. nuclear planning is deliberately aligned with the moral values that govern the U.S. way of war.
The first conference of the 2018-2019 PONI Conference Series will be held on July 10-11 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.
A collection of analysis pieces on the Trump Administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review compiled by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).
A resource from the Department of Defense, “21st Century Nuclear Deterrence & Missile Defense” details a number of elements of the American nuclear arsenal. It has sections on the Nuclear Posture Review and the Ballistic Missile Defense Review, interviews with key Defense Department policymakers, and deterrence components. Additionally, it serves as a repository for Defense Department reports, transcripts, and statements.
A Collection of Papers from the 2016 Nuclear Scholars Initiative and PONI Conference Series
Interacting with senior military leadership and visiting the maintainers, operators, and trainers responsible for two legs of the nuclear deterrent creates a vitally important relationship, one that can close that technical gap and ensure future civilian leaders are able to make informed decisions.
SSBNs are proliferating, they are getting quieter, and methods for detecting SSBNs are improving. These three trends set the nuclear powers up for a competition that may diminish the stabilizing role SSBNs have historically played.