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...


CRS Report: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

Even though the United States is in the process of reducing the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the New START Treaty, it also...


CBO Report: Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2026

Nuclear weapons have been a cornerstone of U.S. national security since they were developed during World War II. In the Cold War, nuclear forces were central to U.S. defense policy, resulting in the buildu...

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