A Responsive New Triad Infrastructure

  • Steve Maaranen
Part of the Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies book series (ISSIP)


A responsive defense research, development, and production infrastructure for U.S. strategic forces has been designated as one of the three legs of the new triad, and therefore has (in principle) equal status with strategic strike and defense capabilities. The responsive infrastructure, however, is the least well-defined, most poorly understood, and arguably the least effectively implemented component of the new triad. The function of the responsive infrastructure is to provide flexibility needed to address threats successfully, especially unexpected strategic challenges to U.S. interests. It is meant to add a powerful element of dissuasion to U.S. strategy by demonstrating America’s technological superiority. A responsive strategic infrastructure is also intended to provide technically superior forces to deter, defend against, and defeat any threat that actually arises.


Nuclear Weapon Ballistic Missile Nevada Test Site Production Infrastructure Missile Defense 
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