ON-Lion Letter
"[W]hile the United States should continue to accord high priority to arresting nuclear proliferation and reversing it where possible," according to an October report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, D.C., "it must craft strategies for the world it will likely inhabit for the indefinite future:  a world of eight or more nuclear-armed states -- some of which are unstable, have ties to radical nonstate groups, or both -- with the prospect of more to follow."

The report, US Nuclear Forces:  Meeting the Challenges of a Proliferated World, by CSBA president Andrew F. Krepinevich, helps inform and improve the ongoing debate about the role of nuclear weapons in the overall American defense posture.  It is part of CSBA's "Strategy for the Long Haul" series.

US Nuclear Forces'
 principal focus is on identifying the existing and emerging security environment as it pertains to nuclear weapons.  It offers some recommendations on how the U.S. might best respond to the challenges posed by nuclear proliferation and, hopefully, create a more-secure global environment.

Krepinevich is an expert on American military strategy, policy and operations, military revolutions, and counterinsurgency. He gained extensive strategic-planning experience on the personal staff of three U.S. Secretaries of Defense and in the Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment.

His report recommends, among other things:  building and expanding global counterproliferation partnerships; assisting friendly governments of new nuclear-armed states in improving their controls over their nuclear weapons; and enhancing our capability to detect, intercept, and secure both weapons-grade fissile material and even nuclear weapons themselves.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CSBA.
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