• Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    13 September 2017. 

    The US plans to spend an estimated US$1 trillion over 30 years to modernise the full triad of air-, land- and sea-based nuclear weapons. This book proposes three alternatives to the current plan for nuclear-force modernisation and compares them with the existing plan.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Four: Nuclear security and non-proliferation

    13 September 2017. 

    The alternative plans for a modernised US nuclear force offer distinct advantages over the current plan in terms of boosting nuclear security and supporting the global non-proliferation regime.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Three: Strategic stability and arms control

    13 September 2017. 

    In addition to maintaining deterrence, the size and structure of the nuclear force must promote strategic stability between the US and the other principal nuclear powers. This chapter examines the concept of strategic stability under the full triad and the three alternatives.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Deterrence and flexibility

    13 September 2017. 

    Three alternatives to the current plan for nuclear-force modernisation would fulfil the principal function of the force: to deter a range of plausible threats from nuclear-armed rivals against the US and its allies.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: The plan for a trillion-dollar triad

    13 September 2017. 

    This chapter examines the US' current plans to fully renew its fleet of nuclear bombers, ballistic-missile submarines, and land-based ICBMs and their nuclear warheads, and to upgrade its nuclear infrastructure.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter 5: Procurement trade-offs and support for conventional operations

    13 September 2017. 

    One of the weakest aspects of the current US plan to upgrade its entire nuclear force is the high expense and modest contribution to conventional military operations.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Aurora 2017: shedding light on Swedish defence thinking

    11 September 2017.  On 19 September 2017, Sweden will begin its largest military exercise for two decades, Aurora 2017.  Over its three-week course, 19,000 personnel drawn from all of Sweden’s armed services, including the Home Guard, will be involved. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and the United States will also contribute around 1,000 troops between them. The exercise’s focus is the southeast of the country, and Gotland island, the closest Swedish...

  • Military Balance Blog

    EU initiatives for defence industry: breaking the curse of the ‘juste retour’?

    06 September 2017.  The European Commission’s European Defence Fund and associated initiatives are necessary but small steps on the long road to increased European defence-industrial cooperation, says Lucie Béraud-Sudreau.

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