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Defending the Arsenal

Why America’s Nuclear Modernization Still Matters

Edited by Adam B. Lowther, Stephen J. Cimbala

© 2017 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

One important area of interest within military and policy circles focuses on an effort to revitalize the nuclear triad amidst a number of competing strategic interests. The difficulties arising from US engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan are leading many scholars and policy makers to question whether a reinvigorated nuclear triad has any role in deterring modern adversaries. This volume takes an unashamed pro-nuclear modernization position and argues for designing and fielding new nuclear warheads and delivery systems (submarine, ICBM, and bomber) while also arguing against signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty or agreeing to further reductions in the nuclear arsenal. It also argues that nuclear deterrence remains as relevant today, perhaps more, than it was during the Cold War. With so many authors advocating for "Global Zero" and highlighting perceived dangers from a nuclear arsenal, this work stands in stark contrast to the chorus of anti-arsenal works. Because of the work’s structure and effort to answer questions of current relevance, it should appeal to a broad audience including: service staffs, PME students, COCOM staffs, Pentagon personnel, Capitol Hill staffers, policy makers, academics, graduate students, and interested readers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors

Foreward

Introduction

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

  1. THE FUTURE US NUCLEAR STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT, Michelle K. Stinson
  2. IS THERE FUTURE UTILITY IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS? NUCLEAR WEAPONS SAVE LIVES, Robert A. Hoskins
  3. DOES ONE SIZE FIT ALL? Paul D. Schumacher
  4. NUCLEAR BUDGETING: THE PERILOUS IMPACT OF UNCERTAINTY, Michaela Dodge and Adam Lowther
  5. THE CASE FOR A NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARSENAL, Eric Moore
  6. MODERNIZING THE NUCLEAR BOMBER: A NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERATIVE, Thomas C. Kirkham
  7. ICBMs: COLD WAR RELICS OR PRODUCTS FOR PEACE, Anita Feugate Opperman
  8. STRATEGIC BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES: A NECESSARY BUT UNCERTAIN FUTURE, Donald M. Neff
  9. MISSILE DEFENSES AND STRATEGIC NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL: TECHNOLOGY AND POLICY CHALLENGES, Stephen Cimbala and Adam Lowther
  10. NUCLEAR MODERNIZATION AND THE NONPROLIFERTION TREATY: COMPLIANCE OR COMPROMISE, Shelley Bischoff Kavlick
  11. SHOULD THE UNITED STATES RATIFY THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY OR IS NUCLEAR TESTING STILL NECESSARY? Karyn E. McKinney
  12. NUCLEAR ARMS REDUCTIONS AFTER NEW START: OBSTACLES AND OPTIONS, Stephen Cimbala

 

 

About the Editors

Adam B. Lowther, Director, School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies.

Stephen J. Cimbala, Penn State University--Brandywine.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL037000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism