The New Triad

  • Joseph F. Pilat
Part of the Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies book series (ISSIP)


At a time of great change, marked by the decline of the old Soviet threat and rising concerns about terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, the Bush administration has put forward a new strategic vision in the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the new national security strategy issued in September 2002. The strategy is being honed in the context of the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, which are providing valuable lessons and reinforcing central tenets of strategy.


Nuclear Weapon Nuclear Force Ballistic Missile Passive Defense Nuclear Deterrence 
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    For a discussion of options, see Kurt Guthe, The Nuclear Posture Review: How is the “New Triad” New? (Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 2002), 9–14.Google Scholar

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