...research is called for on what type of thermonuclear war might eventuate, and on the possible volume of material destruction and loss of human life that might occur in varying hypothetical attack situations.
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) emphasizes a return to great power competition in a world that is no longer preoccupied by violent Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and Central Asia. 2 Great power politics are back in style, as the Trump administration made clear. In the post-Cold War era, the United States Department of Defense is focused on modernizing its nuclear enterprise in the face of an adversary that never stopped. Both Russian and Chinese aggression left the United States little option but to refocus its attention on nuclear and conventional operations and modernization designed to counter great power threats.
"Nuclear Planning in an Uncertain World,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 12:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/spaceanddefense/vol12/iss3/6
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