All Cards on the Table: First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

Since at least 1997, if not earlier, the tendency of U.S. presidents has been to increase the time to make any decision to respond to an attack with nuclear weapons.

We Need to Speak Honestly About Nuclear Threats

Actions to advance either agenda — that nuclear terrorism is an imminent threat and that U.S. nuclear stockpiles must be further reduced — need to be informed by risk calculations as well as cost-benefit analyses, rather than by worst-case assumptions.

A Necessary Weapon: The Nuclear Enterprise Strikes Back

Debates on the argument that the United States should not invest in a new air-launched nuclear cruise missile.

Why We Still Need a Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missile

Debates onan op-ed calling for the elimination of the Air Force’s nuclear-armed Long Range Standoff (LRSO) missile that is to replace the existing nuclear-equipped cruise missile, the AGM-86 (also known as an air-launched cruise missile or ALCM).

Long-Range Stand-Off Missile: The Indispensable Weapon

An operational perspective that explains why LRSO actually matters to warfighters and why it contributes to a stable deterrent.

America Still Needs Its Nukes

To determine the capabilities required to both maintain effective deterrence and defeat an adversary should deterrence fail, the military uses a combination of exercises, experiments and war games.

Unilateral disarmament will make some people happy – including the wrong ones

Debating the justification and elimination of America’s nuclear arsenal. Maintaining a nuclear arsenal of unrivaled capability is central to providing the security the nation requires; unilaterally eliminating them or allowing them to obsolesce will simply leave us vulnerable.