Accession Number : ADA312074

Title :   United States Strategic Command: Facing the Future.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Nelson, Bruce M.

PDF Url : ADA312074

Report Date : 14 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Many changes in the international environment and on the domestic scene have complicated planning for U.S. nuclear forces. This paper identifies and assesses problems U.S. Strategic Command will face during the next decade. Problems include the large quantity of nuclear warheads in Russia, and Russia's still potent nuclear forces. Control of proliferation of WMD has been complicated. Fundamental changes have occurred to U.S. forces. CINCSTRAT must coordinate with regional CINCs to more efficiently perform his mission. STRATCOM nuclear support to regional CINCs and incorporation of CINC precision weapons into the nuclear operations plan should be addressed. As strategic forces get smaller, CINCSTRAT must review nuclear strategy and composition of strategic forces. The end of the Cold War has complicated the command's mission. To provide deterrence against major attack and employ forces if deterrence fails in the future, STRATCOM must take the lead and work with national policymakers and regional CINCs for solutions to the challenges of a more complex world.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY), *STRATEGIC WARFARE, WEAPONS, NUCLEAR WARFARE, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, CONTROL, GLOBAL, MILITARY STRATEGY, ENVIRONMENTS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, PRECISION, COLD WAR, RUSSIA, INTERNATIONAL, DOMESTIC, COMBAT FORCES, POTENCY, NUCLEAR WARHEADS, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE