2018 U.S. Nuclear Posture Review


Published by the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute Analysis series.


The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review has been published on a periodic basis by each presidential administration since Bill Clinton's. The unclassified versions of these documents contain information on how the U.S. sees the global strategic environment and the role played in this environment by nuclear weapons, how the U.S. sees nuclear weapons assisting the U.S. in meeting its national security interests, and the ability of its nuclear deterrent capabilities to meet national security threats. This analysis examines the Trump Administration's recently released Nuclear Posture Review and emphasizes the document is correct in asserting that the U.S. needs to upgrade its nuclear deterrent to meet emerging national security threats from countries as varied as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia.


nuclear weapons, nuclear deterrence, military strategy, nuclear triad, geopolitics, China, Iran, North Korea, Russia

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