Withering Triad: an Examination of the Modernization Programs For the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the United States
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
William Van Cleave
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.
Defense and Security Studies
© Sean Nicholas Kalic
Kalic, Sean Nicholas, "Withering Triad: an Examination of the Modernization Programs For the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the United States" (1997). MSU Graduate Theses. 556.