FPI Resources on the Importance of America’s Nuclear Arsenal

August 18, 2014

America’s nuclear arsenal plays a central—and often underappreciated—role in protecting U.S. and allied security.  Indeed, the congressionally-mandated National Defense Panel (NDP) recently reaffirmed that our nuclear forces are "unique and crucial" to U.S. defense strategy.

The NDP also warns of the “looming obsolescence” of America's nuclear arsenal, a risk made worse by a decade's worth of sequestration-level caps to U.S. defense spending.  In light of Russia’s provocative violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and China’s drive to increase the size and scope of its nuclear forces, however, America's allies and partners increasingly have reason to question the long-term credibility of our strategic deterrent.
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) recommends the following resources as policymakers, lawmakers, and the general public work to better understand the U.S. nuclear arsenal's indispensable "cornerstone role" in America's national security strategy amid an increasingly unstable and volatile world.

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