The New Strategic Framework, the New Strategic Triad, and the Strategic Military Services

  • James M. Smith
Part of the Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies book series (ISSIP)


All organizations adapt to changes in their particular operating or task environment. Often the environmental changes are evolutionary, and the resulting process of organizational change can be limited to adaptation and accommodation. However, fundamental—even revolutionary—changes in the environment demand appropriately fundamental changes in the organizations that carry out operations in the new threat environment. This situation today presents itself to the U.S. military services that are tasked with preparing and presenting forces and systems—strategic capabilities—to realize the objectives outlined in the 2001 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Chief among these objectives is making the new strategic triad a reality.


Nuclear Weapon Military Service Strategic Effect Strategic Framework Ballistic Missile 
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