Unmanned Bomber: The Effects It Will Bring to the Nuclear Triad
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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When the Cold War ended, the world shifted from a bi-polar structure to a multinodal structure with additional countries entering the nuclear arena. The United States nuclear triad has provided deterrence from nuclear attacks for the past fifty-five years. Since the era of d tente and the end of the Cold War, few modernizations were made to the nuclear arsenal and their delivery systems. In part, nuclear treaties placed limits on developing and testing new weapons. A problem with these treaties is the fact that they only limited the nuclear capabilities of two of the eight declared nuclear powers. This study shows that the rest of the nuclear powers are developing new weapons and delivery systems and may reach or pass the capabilities of America s nuclear triad. To preserve deterrence stability, the US needs to keep advantages over nuclear powers. The US has the opportunity to capitalize on the success of unmanned aerial vehicle technologies demonstrated in current conventional conflicts to push forward the new Long Range Strike Bomber into the nuclear triad as an unmanned platform. Doing so will enhance America s nuclear triad and improve deterrence stability.
- Nuclear Weapons