The United States must recapitalize the nuclear triad and accompanying command-and-control system to continue to maintain deterrence into the future, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wrote in the preface to the Nuclear Posture Review released today.
In one of his first acts as president, Donald J. Trump directed Mattis to conduct the review, last conducted in 2010.
Nuclear deterrence is based on having credible, effective and flexible systems in place to ensure no enemy miscalculates. The consequences of launching an attack on the U.S. or its allies would be catastrophic to any country launching a first strike.
A credible nuclear deterrent ensures the United States cannot be blackmailed…