The 2002 Nuclear Posture Review: A First Step in Transformation or Just a Paper Tiger?
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In January 2002, the Bush Administration delivered the second Nuclear Posture Review NPR to Congress the first such review was completed in 1994 Long before the II September 2001 terrorist attacks against New York City and Washington, D.C., the Defense Departments senior civilian and military leaders began an unprecedented debate and discussion about where Americas military should go and what it should look like in the years ahead. Out of those debates, senior civilian and military leaders agreed on the urgent need for substantive changes in our defense strategy. The outline of those changes was reflected in the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review Report as well as in the 2003 Defense Department budget request. Administration officials claim that the 2002 NPR paves the way for a major change in our deterrent strategy and that it provides a blueprint for transforming our strategic posture Critics contend that the review is flawed, that it creates new roles for nuclear weapons, and that it still translates into the maintenance and sustainment of a large nuclear arsenal. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the 2002 Nuclear Posture Review, compare and contrast it with the 1994 NPR, and evaluate whether it advances current Defense Departments transformation.
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Weapons