Donald Trump may be the nation’s next commander in chief. Some pundits make that sound like the end of civilization as we know it, but in fact a President Trump could be inclined to fix the most glaring gap in America’s defense posture: the lack of active defenses for intercepting a major nuclear attack. Of all the mistakes that Washington political elites have made in the quarter-century since the Cold War ended, agreeing to settle for a military posture with no real protection against the biggest threat to the Republic is the worst. Our current,offensively-based nuclear strategy might not work if Russia’s next leader turns out to be irrational, or accident prone, or unable to control his nuclear chain of command, or simply unable to think clearly in a crisis. America needs a strategy for survival in the years ahead that does not depend on the restraint of other nuclear powers, and Trump may be the sort of leader who can look beyond our collective illusions to the changes that need to be made. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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