Missions for Nuclear Weapons after the Cold War
Missions for Nuclear Weapons after the Cold War, FAS Occasional Paper No. 3, examines currently proposed nuclear missions and finds that the United States is witnessing the end of a long process of having nuclear weapons be displaced by advanced conventional alternatives.
The most challenging nuclear mission is a holdover from the Cold War: to be able to carry out a disarming first strike against Russian central nuclear forces. Only if the US and Russia abandon this mission will meaningful reductions in the two largest arsenals be possible.
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28 January 2005