WMD and National Security: Implications of the Posture and Strategy Reviews: 2010 Annual Symposium Key Themes [open pdf - 69KB]
This paper discusses key themes from the National Defense University (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction's (WMD) tenth annual symposium, "WMD and National Security: Implications of the Posture and Strategy Reviews," held on May 5-6, 2010. Key themes included: "The United States has adopted a new approach to strategic security designed to implement the President's agenda for reducing nuclear dangers and pursuing a world without nuclear weapons"; "Ballistic missile defenses will emphasize a phased adaptive approach to short- and medium-range threats while maintaining and improving capabilities to defend against longer-range missiles"; "To counter biological threats, national strategy is shifting toward greater emphasis on preventing such threats from occurring through concerted international cooperation"; "Two of the Quadrennial Defense Review's six priority mission areas address WMD threats, and the QDR [Quadrennial Defense Review] directs several near-term initiatives to fill key capability gaps"; "DoD's [Department of Defense] Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program is evolving from a post-Cold War activity focused on dismantling Soviet WMD capabilities to a more diverse toolkit for global security engagement directed at new types of threats and a broader set of countries"; and "Increasingly, the warfighter and combat support community understands countering WMD as requiring more than just the application of traditional military power, and as a mission demanding the integration of interagency and international partner capabilities".
National Defense University, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction: http://www.ndu.edu/WMDCenter/
WMD and National Security: Implications of the Posture and Strategy Reviews. National Defense University, Washington, D.C. May 5-6, 2010.