Nuclear Deterrence in Europe
Russian Approaches to a New Environment and Implications for the United States
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The United States and Russia no longer face each other as perpetual adversaries in a conflict of political ideology. However, as in the Cold War, Europe continues to be a key focus of possible contention between these powers, and, as in the Cold War, nuclear weapons have a role in how claimed interests might be defended within an overall deterrent framework. Through a variety of policies and actions — and most recently in a new military doctrine adopted in February 2010 — Russia has indicated the types of situations that might cause it to resort to using nuclear weapons. This monograph examines the elements of Russia's emerging deterrent framework: Russia's statements of claimed interests, its force development and posture, its military doctrine and practice, major military exercises it has conducted, and, importantly, whether Russia's highest political authorities have endorsed these military doctrines and exercises. The authors discuss the implications of Russia's evolving deterrence doctrine for U.S. military operations in Europe, particularly for the U.S. Air Force.
Table of Contents
Elements of a Deterrent Framework
Russia's Claimed Interests and Military Planning in Europe
An Emerging Russian Deterrent Framework?
Implications for the United States