North Korea appears to be rapidly building a significant nuclear arsenal and the means to deliver those weapons. Current estimates suggest North Korean nuclear-tipped missiles could be operational between 2020 and 2025.
Informing Incoming Government Leaders
Transforming national security confrontations from crises to opportunities requires deep expertise and well-informed judgment.
The incoming administration will face multiple national security challenges of these types: How should the United States address Chinese or Russian assertiveness? What are the most effective ways to eliminate threats from ISIL and other terrorists? What should be done about North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal? Tackling issues like these and confronting international actors like Russia and North Korea, as well as evolving threats including cybersecurity, demand policies based on facts, rigorous analysis, and sound judgment.
RAND experts have researched these and similar national security concerns and lay out some of the key issues in this package of policy primers. They stand ready to share their research and evaluate new issues to support policymakers contending with high-stakes threats.