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The Evolving U.S. Nuclear Narrative

Communicating the Rationale for the Role and Value of U.S. Nuclear Weapons, 1989 to Today

Rebecca K.C. Hersman; Clark Murdock and Shanelle Van

In recent years, it has become increasingly clear to many observers that the Department of Defense must better communicate to the officers at the tactical end of the nuclear mission a rationale for nuclear weapons and deterrence, the critical role that they play in the post–Cold War strategy of the United States, and the value of nuclear weapons to the security of the American people. This report tracks the changing conceptual and political landscape of U.S. nuclear deterrence to illuminate the gap in prioritizing the nuclear arsenal and to build a compelling rationale for tactical personnel explaining the role and value of U.S. nuclear weapons. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 88Size: 8 1/4 x 11 1/8
978-1-4422-7966-7 • Paperback • October 2016 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-7967-4 • eBook • October 2016 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Rebecca K.C. Hersman is director of the Project on Nuclear Issues at CSIS. Clark Murdock is a retired senior adviser with the International Security Program at CSIS. Shanelle Van is a research assistant with the Project on Nuclear Issues at CSIS.