Thesis Title

Withering Triad: an Examination of the Modernization Programs For the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the United States

Date of Graduation

Spring 1997

Degree

Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies

Department

Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies

Abstract

The strategic nuclear triad was the foundation of the American military posture for the duration of the Cold War. During this period, the United States developed detailed roles, missions, and requirements for these forces. With the pronounced termination of the Cold War, the forces that compose the triad have significantly diminished, and their roles and missions have been reduced. This thesis reviews the triad policies of the United States and examines the current modernization programs that are applicable to the three legs of the triad. It also addresses the need for maintenance of triad forces in the post-Soviet world.

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© Sean Nicholas Kalic

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