Center for Strategic and International Studies. November 2014.

Maintaining international security and pursuing American interests is more difficult now than perhaps at any time in history. The security environment that the United States faces is more complex, dynamic, and difficult to predict. At the same time, no domestic consensus exists on the purposes of American power and how best to pursue them. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will look ahead in this annual volume at the crises and opportunities that will likely arise in 2015, how best to deal with them, and what lasting effects they might leave for the next American administration and its allies around the world. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://csis.org/files/publication/141110_Cohen_GlobalForecast2015_Web.pdf [PDF format, 102 pages].

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. February 27, 2014.

Nuclear war seems so passe. The Soviet Union collapsed nearly a quarter-century ago. The war in the shadows of counterinsurgency and counterterrorism has defined a generation of combat. Yet earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel convened the nation’s senior military leaders for an emergency meeting on America’s nuclear force. Firings, cheating and drug scandals, and continued inspection failures have resulted in a crisis for what once was the symbol of U.S. strength. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/asia/the-dangerous-degradation-of-the-us-nuclear-arsenal/ [HTML format].

Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). December 5, 2013.

Although nuclear weapons have played a critical role in American defense strategy for more than 60 years, there is a growing debate over the number and type of nuclear forces that the United States actually needs to maintain its security and protect its allies. Over the past several years, calls for Washington to substantially reduce the size of its nuclear arsenal have become more prevalent, while the combination of declining budgets and looming recapitalization costs have made nuclear weapons a popular target for potential funding cuts. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

http://www.csbaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/The-Future-of-Americas-Strategic-Nuclear-DeterrentU.pdf [PDF format, 40 pages].

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].