September 17, 2017

The Collapsing Battlespace: NATO–Russian Nuclear Stability in an Era of Technological Upheaval

By Alexander Velez-Green

The military-technological environment has always been in a state of flux. But today, it is changing faster and in more ways than ever before. A series of new military technologies appear poised to enter the battlespace in the next few decades, including in systems such as cyber, anti-satellite and autonomous weapons, hypersonic missiles, electromagnetic railguns and directed-energy weapons. The arrival of these technologies threatens to destabilise NATO’s nuclear relationship with Russia by shortening decision-making timelines, heightening ambiguity and undermining first-strike stability. 

Read the full report in Chapter 1 of The 2017 UK PONI Papers.

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