Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ) RSS FEED http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq Keep up to date with the latest news at the Air and Space Power Journal Strategic Studies Quarterly http://www.airpower.au.af.mil/images/rsslogo.png http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq 88 44 China’s Nuclear Threat Perceptions http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=128 China is the only nuclear weapon state under the NPT to continue increasing the size and sophistication of its nuclear arsenal. Understanding why means looking at the threat environment, as China perceives it, and explaining how these perceptions interact to form the basis of China’s nuclear deterrence strategy. Iran’s Path Dependent Military Doctrine http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=129 Iran’s continued focus on missiles is a less-optimal approach to its own security needs or those of its regional allies. However, it does offer opportunities for US cost-imposing strategies against Iran. Sustaining and Enhancing the US Military’s Technology Edge http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=126 The United States can no longer take for granted its decisive technological superiority. The battle to sustain and enhance the US military’s technological superiority has begun. Why US Nuclear Force Numbers Matter http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=127 Effective deterrence is too important to depend on the assumption that the US will face only opponents who are susceptible to minimum deterrent threats. Biotech Business Lessons for Defense Acquisition http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=130 The desire to innovate and transform defense acquisition is ill-informed regarding the true meaning of innovation and transformation. Lessons from private business sectors would serve DOD interests well. A Reality Check on a Cyber Force http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=131 It is premature to call for a separate cyberspace armed service, independent of the other services and agencies. There are four key prerequisites required before achieving this goal. Autonomy and the Future Force http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/fullarticle.asp?id=132 Machine intelligence can be exploited to its maximum potential by being free to react to its environment. The irony is that to harness the full potential of autonomy, we have to trust machines and free decision makers.