The American strategic triad exists to deter a nuclear attack or blackmail against the United States and its allies. If deterrence were to fail, the president would make the decision whether to launch nuclear weapons and communicate his decision through the Nuclear Command and Control System (NCCS). Since NCCS ensures crisis stability, deters attack against the U.S. and allies and maintains the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear deterrent, it must be upgraded to operate with modern technology, protected against cyber attacks and survive if a nuclear attack were to occur. I have written a commentary for The National Interest here.
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