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The Emperor’s Nuclear Clothes

Nuclear bomb smokeStephen Peter Rosen
11/29/2010

If we deploy American military power, Rosen says we must do it like we mean it. The US needs to increase its ability to conduct non-nuclear war from undersea, from ships out of range of missile attack, and from bases on American soil by means of long-range missiles and aircraft, manned or unmanned, over the next 10 years. Rosen goes on to argue that the US must increase its ability to use cyber warfare and other unconventional means and to defend itself from retaliatory attacks in kind. Just as importantly, it must allow its allies to acquire the weapons systems and even nuclear weapons they need for their own defense. This will not be cheap, but it will be less expensive if we help our democratic allies arm themselves by transferring technologies to them, by working with them, and by encouraging them to help each other.

Rosen is professor of national security and military affairs at Harvard.

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