AUTHORFlournoy, Michèle A. / Murdock, Clark A.
TITLERevitalizing the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent
PUBLISHERCenter for Strategic and International Studies
CITYWashington, D.C.

This report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies asserts that the nuclear forces and nuclear infrastructure of the United States as of 2002 were not being maintained to ensure effective deterrence through the year 2020. It lays out policy recommendations and identifies “near-term programmatic decisions” (p. 1) required to sustain and revitalize American deterrence. The report first examines the factors that must be taken into account in designing a new U.S. nuclear force structure. It then examines four alternate worlds that might exist in 2020. They are first, a world of cooperation among great powers; second, a world of uneasy great power relations; third, a world of great power rivalry; and fourth, a world of nuclear multi-polarity. Policy recommendations are given to maintain effective deterrence in both the years 2010 and 2020, regardless of which sort of world materializes. Those recommendations include key decision points at which the U.S. President and Congress must act. Detailed charts, graphs and tables are used liberally throughout the work. Eight appendices elucidate the policy plans more concretely.

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