The central objective of U.S. Cold War security strategy was to sustain an effective nuclear deterrent against one or two peer or near-peer opponents through mutual assured destruction, escalation dominance and alliance linkage.  It is why the U.S. has almost 10,000 nuclear weapons of all sizes and effects. It is the answer to the perennial question “How much is enough?” Enough to do this. And it worked. Today, the world of threats the West faces are substantially ...


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