November 19, 2018

The Return of Nuclear Deterrence

Franklin Miller, Principal, The Scowcroft Group

Franklin Miller explores the contemporary relevance of nuclear weapons. Reflecting on historical events following the Gulf War and the Soviet Union’s collapse, Miller stresses the essential role of nuclear weapons in serving various purposes, such as deterring direct military attacks, nuclear blackmail, preventing proliferation, and moderating great power behavior. He emphasizes the importance of modernization and maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent to discourage potential adversaries like Russia and China especially since these two countries have been upgrading their nuclear forces. Finally, Miller underlines the strategic role of nuclear deterrence and the need for the United States to maintain a sufficient military budget for this purpose.

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