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Back to the Future: A Nuclear-Focused USSTRATCOM   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the report abstract: "Nuclear weapons, due to their awesome destructive power, are 'special weapons' which demand special attention and focused stewardship. They still represent the greatest potential threat to our way of life, yet are important guarantors of our security. Deterrence remains their primary function. To deter effectively, they must represent a credible and capable threat with a high degree of survivability against a preemptive attack. [...] The focus of this paper is on the continuing need for a strong and effective nuclear deterrent. This requires strong leadership. This paper contends USSTRATCOM's [United States Strategic Command] multiple, competing missions prevent complete focus on and proper stewardship of the nuclear mission and advocates for a nuclear-focused USSTRATCOM. First, USSTRATCOM's current missions are covered to demonstrate that it is too broadly focused. Next, the argument is made that proper stewardship of US nuclear forces demands a nuclear-focused USSTRATCOM with responsibility for only the nuclear and closely complementary missions. Finally, recommendations are provided for consideration toward reaching this end."

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2010-04
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