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Toward a More Flexible NATO Nuclear Posture

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Over the past decade and a half, Russia has placed an increased emphasis on nuclear weapons in its military strategy and doctrine. Moscow’s assertive “escalate-to-de-escalate” nuclear strategy poses a distinguishable threat to NATO nations, and requires greater strategic thinking about NATO’s nuclear posture. After a quarter century of reducing its reliance on nuclear weapons, NATO now lacks a credible deterrent for Russian “de-escalatory” nuclear strikes. To grapple with this possibility, NATO must consider the development of new, more flexible nuclear capabilities of its own.
Nuclear Safety and Security, Nuclear Weapon, Nuclear Forces, NATO, Russia, Transatlantic Defence
Country of publication: 
United States
Publication date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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