October 28, 2015

A Nuclear Strategy and Posture for 2030

By Elbridge Colby

Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow Elbridge Colby offers the outlines of a revised nuclear policy and posture, one that is in basic and primary continuity with the longestablished U.S. approach toward the nation’s reliance on “the absolute weapon” but that also, as the United States has repeatedly done in the past, adapts that long-standing approach to a new era. In the report, Mr. Colby cautions that the United States may need to consider shifting more weight on to its nuclear forces in order to compensate for the diminished coercive power of its conventional military.

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