CREATORCritchlow, Robert D.
TITLENuclear Command and Control: Current Programs and Issues
DATE ACCESSED13 September 2017

This 2006 Congressional Research Service report describes the Nuclear Command and Control System (NCCS) of the United States, which supports the President and his military commanders in the deployment and use of nuclear weapons. It addresses the threat facing the nation and the role of nuclear weapons, then explains each component of the infrastructure making up the NCCS, including significant issues related to the workings of the system. For instance, it considers the impact of the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review and more recent nuclear doctrine developments and evaluates the adequacy of the NCCS, a system designed for the Cold War, to function in a post-Cold War environment that includes rogue regimes and terrorist threats. The report also discusses specific concerns for Congress to address, such as modernization and procurement initiatives proposed by the Department of Defense (DOD) in 2007.

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