News | Oct. 15, 2020

Toward an Integrated Strategic Deterrent

By Paul Bernstein Center for Global Security Research Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


This chapter explores the need for greater integration across the strategic forces toolkit as a means to strengthen deterrence and defense, the opportunities that exist to advance this goal, and obstacles that must be overcome to ensure progress. The chapter begins by framing the integration challenge broadly and as an aspiration over time that must nonetheless inform current thinking and planning. It then examines two current initiatives that address more discrete, near-term integration challenges: offense-defense integration for missile defeat, and conventional-nuclear integration to support regional deterrence strategies. It closes with a brief discussion of organizational approaches that could accelerate the integration process. READ MORE (PAGE 75)>>>