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]. [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]. [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]. [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] [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]. [PDF format, 288 pages].