AUTHORRoberts, Brad
TITLEThe Case for Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century
PUBLISHERStanford Security Studies
CITYStanford, CA

The author presents a debate about nuclear deterrence, drawing on his experience with the Nuclear Posture Review during the U.S. President Barack Obama administration. His guiding question is whether U.S. nuclear weapons are obsolete relics of the Cold War or necessary, important components of national security. His debate focuses on three major areas: 1) a reexamination of U.S. strategy after fifteen years of war in the Middle East; 2) the impact of the changing global security environment on U.S. nuclear policy; and 3) the U.S. financial commitment required to sustain a viable nuclear force. In making the case that the U.S. should maintain its nuclear arsenal, the author reviews and assesses the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and adapt nuclear deterrence to the 21st century environment. Chapter topics include U.S. relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, China, European allies, and the nations of Northeast Asia as well as the agenda for reassuring the allied nations of a U.S. commitment to provide a nuclear umbrella. The author served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy from 2009 to 2013.

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