Accession Number:

ADA555485

Title:

China's Evolving Nuclear Posture. Part 1 - Background and Benchmark

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) CENTRE FOR OPERATIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

52.0

Abstract:

This paper is the first part of a larger study the goal of which is to determine the trajectory of Chinas nuclear weapons policy, strategy, capability and doctrine. It discusses the origins, scope and methodology of the proposed study, and provides an overview of the evolution of US nuclear strategy in order to establish a baseline for discussing why, and to what extent, Chinas nuclear evolution has differed from US nuclear thinking. In doing so it sets the stage for further papers examining the evolution of Chinas nuclear strategy the status of its strategic nuclear forces and the drivers of Chinas declaratory policy, nuclear strategy, and nuclear doctrine. The study will terminate with a comprehensive report discussing the apparent trajectory of Chinese nuclear strategy and capability and the implications thereof for Canada and its allies, and will suggest directions for future research.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE