The RAND Corporation. July 31, 2013.
The United States’ nuclear deterrence is no more effective than its ability to carry out nuclear operations and other states’ perceptions of this ability. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has prioritized the reinvigoration and strengthening of its nuclear enterprise. However, there are inherent challenges to sustaining the capabilities of nuclear systems of systems. Perhaps the most pressing challenge currently facing the Air Force nuclear enterprise is sustaining the mission in the face of budgetary constraints. This report proposes possibilities for addressing this challenge. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/technical_reports/TR1200/TR1240/RAND_TR1240.pdf [PDF format, 40 pages].
Arms Control Association. Ellen Tauscher, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. May 6, 2013.
Former undersecretary of State for arms control and international security Ellen Tauscher outlines her views on the next steps for President Obama’s Prague nuclear risk agenda, within the framework of the Arms Control Association “Annual Meeting on North Korea, the Arms Trade Treaty, and Obama’s Next Steps on Nuclear Risk Reduction.” [Note: contains copyrighted material]
http://www.armscontrol.org/files/Tauscher_Prepared_Remarks_20130506.pdf [PDF format, 12 pages].
Center for Strategic and International Studies. October 17, 2012.
The 2012 Nuclear Scholars Initiative featured an outstanding class of 21 graduate students and young professionals from across the United States, as well as one from the United Kingdom. Together, they participated in six monthly workshops that covered various aspects of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Sessions focused on the Nuclear Posture Reviews, deterrence and stability, nuclear modernization and arms control, nonproliferation and nuclear security, and nuclear targeting. The program culminated in a final meeting, at which the scholars presented their own research, the results of which are contained in this year’s volume. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://csis.org/files/publication/121017_Spies_NuclearInitiative_Web.pdf [PDF format, 288 pages].
Council on Foreign Relations. October 17, 2012.
Most of the debate about how to address Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear-weapons capacity focuses on two options. The first is to rely on deterrence and live with an Iran that has a small nuclear arsenal or the ability to assemble one with little advance notice. The second is to launch a preventive military strike aimed at destroying critical parts of the Iranian program and setting back its progress by an estimated two or more years. But now a third option has emerged: negotiating a ceiling on the nuclear program that would not be too low for Iran’s government and not too high for the United States, Israel, and the rest of the world. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.cfr.org/iran/time-test-iran/p29300 [HTML format].
The White House. Office of the Press Secretary. October 9, 2012.
Executive Order from the President regarding Authorizing the Implementation of Certain Sanctions Set Forth in the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 and Additional Sanctions with respect to Iran.