Nuclear Reign: Providing a Nuclear Umbrella to United States Pacific Partners
Air War College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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China and North Korea greatly increased their threat postures toward U.S. allies and interests in the Pacific in 2016 and both continue to do so today. The new administration must make the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review a top priority in 2017. Specifically, President Trump and his administration must consider both the U.S. nuclear deterrence posture worldwide as well as extended deterrence to U.S. Pacific allies under the nuclear umbrella. This paper examines the growing threat in the Pacific from China and North Korea, proposes how the U.S. might best provide extended deterrence in the region, and concludes that maintaining the status quo will not be sufficient going forward.
- Antimissile Defense Systems
- Nuclear Weapons