Forward Defense Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Soofer recently contributed an essay titled “Explaining the 2022 Nuclear Posture and Why it Matters” in the National Institute for Public Policy‘s recently released Occasional Paper on the 2022 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

In his essay Soofer argues that the 2022 NPR accurately assesses the threat posed by the rise of two nuclear peer competitors, Russia and China, but the document fails to articulate a clear strategy to mitigate that threat.

Having co-led the 2018 NPR, I can attest to the time, resources, and senior leader attention needed to conduct such reviews so it is plausible that the reason the NPR contains no specific strategy or force structure recommendations is because they simply ran out of time

Robert Soofer

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