An important part of Russia’s playbook in Ukraine is nuclear saber-rattling, disinformation regarding non-existent chemical and biological weapons activities by the United States and Ukraine, and other irresponsible behavior and rhetoric regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Disinformation around WMD muddies the ability to definitively attribute use and hold perpetrators accountable, opening the door to future use. These threats and distortions highlight the central role of WMD in the Putin regime’s coercive strategies for regional conflict and underscore the need to develop responsive policies that fully integrate WMD into a comprehensive approach to deter and defend against competitors and adversaries. Moscow’s actions are a stark reminder that WMD cannot be separated from defense strategy but must be addressed as an integral part of the security landscape. It remains urgent that a vibrant community of subject matter experts, inside and outside of the Federal government, understands this environment and can inform senior decisionmakers of the tools available to counter the threat and use of WMD.
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Brendan G. Melley
Director, Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Institute for National Strategic Studies
National Defense University