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Bombers for Maritime Strike: an Asymmetric Counter to China's Navy

As the Department of Defense examines how to rebalance its portfolio of capabilities to meet an increasingly challenging threat environment, Deptula makes the case for reviving a mission well suited to land-based long range bombers—maritime strike. From the sinking of the SMS Ostfriesland by Billy Mitchell in 1921, to the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, to the Cold War when B-52s were enlisted to keep the Soviet Union’s navy in check, land-based airpower has proved its utility time and again against naval forces. While airpower’s role in joint maritime operations has been de-emphasized since the end of the Cold War, Deptula observes that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) i

Modernizing U.S. Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications

In the new report, the authors provide readers with an insightful look at what is often referred to as the “fifth pillar” of America’s nuclear deterrent capabilities—the nuclear command, control, and communications system (known in Department of Defense parlance as NC3). For the last several years, the need to recapitalize the nuclear enterprise with new submarines, bombers, and intercontinental ballistic missiles has garnered significant attention. The need for these systems is clear given the current age of the platforms they seek to replace and the demands of the threat environment. However, it is crucial to emphasize no matter how capable these systems may be on an individual level, thei

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