Beyond the Moscow Treaty: Alternative Perspectives on the Future Roles and Utility of Nuclear Weapons   [open pdf - 688KB]

"What requirements will guide the planning of U.S. nuclear forces in the decade ahead? The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of 2001 promulgated the Bush administration's guidance on future nuclear requirements, with an emphasis on adapting the U.S. nuclear posture to the requirements of 21st century security. And the administration's agreement in 2002 to the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT, or the Moscow Treaty) bound the United States to a force structure of a certain size, with some important implications for the functions of the force in deterrence, dissuasion, and assurance. In 2009, a new administration will arrive. It will conduct its own NPR, building on the foundations of the congressionally mandated Strategic Posture Commission report due that spring. And it will review and assess the inherited strategic framework with an eye toward advancing its own interpretation of the national interest in the years ahead. The nuclear policy and strategy choices of the next administration, like those of the current one, will be driven by many factors. What policy, strategy, and capabilities will be needed in the decade from 2013 to 2022? A primary consideration will be the requirements as defined by the military community. What are those requirements? How might they evolve? A key premise of this study is that military requirements deliberations have not advanced much beyond the framework of strategy and doctrine set in place by the 2001 NPR and 2002 Moscow Treaty. To help fill this gap, the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office (ASCO) of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has a large portfolio of work underway. This portfolio is aimed at defining the opportunities and challenges for defense threat reduction as it relates to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). As part of this portfolio, the ASCO has commissioned a series of projects at IDA to address questions related to the future nuclear security environment." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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Advanced Systems and Concepts Office Report No. ASCO 2008 014
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