Accession Number:

AD1089618

Title:

Report Summary: Responding to North Korean Nuclear First Use: Minimizing Damage to the Nuclear Taboo

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Sep 2018,30 Sep 2019

Corporate Author:

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2019-08-30

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

This study addresses the issue of responding to the first use of nuclear weapons by North Korea, with an emphasis on restoring the taboo against nuclear use. In support of this goal, we conducted a workshop on April 23-24, 2019, to bring together experts in norm theory, nuclear strategy, and Northeast Asia. Building on workshop discussions, we developed recommendations for US government stakeholders. Primary among these is that the Department of Defense DoD take restoration of the nuclear taboo seriously as a US objective after an adversarys first nuclear use and undertake appropriate analyses and planning in advance to provide effective nonnuclear retaliatory options for the president.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE