The End of Overkill: Reassessing U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy Benjamin Friedman

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Published: September 24th 2013

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The End of Overkill: Reassessing U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy  by  Benjamin Friedman

The End of Overkill: Reassessing U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy by Benjamin Friedman
September 24th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 56 pages | ISBN: | 5.44 Mb

President Obama has voiced his ambition to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal to as few as 1,000 deployed warheads. Yet while the United States has cut the arsenals size since the Cold Wars end, its missions and composition have barely changed. AroundMorePresident Obama has voiced his ambition to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal to as few as 1,000 deployed warheads. Yet while the United States has cut the arsenals size since the Cold Wars end, its missions and composition have barely changed. Around 1,600 deployed nuclear warheads remain tied to a triad of system—bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Current plans call for modernizing all three systems, which could cost taxpayers over $100 billion. This new paper, The End of Overkill? Reassessing U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy, argues for basing U.S. nuclear weapons exclusively on submarines. It explains how the triad came from bureaucratic compromises, not strategic necessity, and shows how its burden on taxpayers is increasingly unjustified.



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