A nation with a small, survivable nuclear arsenal has the potential to undermine current U.S. national military strategy for dealing with regional conflicts. So concluded government officials and defense analysts who participated in a series of exercises to explore U.S. policy options in response to nuclear proliferation. Among the suggestions reported in this issue paper are to dramatically enhance conventional counterforce capabilities, to develop very high confidence theater ballistic missile defenses, and to implement operational concepts for power projection that minimize the exposure of U.S. personnel to attack.
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