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Recommended Readings

 Nuclear College
 

Shadows on the Wall: Deterrence and Disarmament (National Institute Press: Fairfax, VA 2020) by Keith B. Payne examines and contrasts the three alternative philosophical positions about the nature of the international system and patterns of human behavior that underlie three competing narratives seen in U.S. public debate regarding nuclear deterrence and disarmament. For over six decades, these three competing narratives, built on contrary philosophical traditions, have been the basis for contending positions regarding U.S. nuclear policy—ranging from advocacy for complete global nuclear disarmament to advocacy for the maintenance of robust U.S. nuclear capabilities for deterrence. Each of these three different narratives is based on different speculative expectations about developments in the international system and future patterns of human behavior. Given the inherent uncertainties about future developments in the international system and human behavior, none of these narratives can be deemed to objectively correct, or certainly wrong. They may, nevertheless, be judged to entail different levels of prudence for U.S. and allied security. https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/ASPJ/Book-Reviews/Article/2128840/shadows-on-the-wall-deterrence-and-disarmament/

Always At War: Organizational Culture in Strategic Air Command, Deailie 
Overview: Coming soon

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Schlosser
Overview: Coming soon

The Great American Gamble, Payne
Overview: Coming soon
 
The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy, Kroenig
Overview: - Advances a new theory of nuclear deterrence: the superiority-brinkmanship synthesis theory - Provides a novel theoretical explanation for why nuclear (or strategic) superiority matters - Conducts a systematic empirical examination of the effects of the nuclear balance of power on international politics, analyzing new data from 1945 to the present - Offers concrete guidance to policymakers about how to design strategic nuclear posture
 
Nuclear Deterrence in the 21st Century, Rand
Overview: Deterrence remains a primary doctrine for dealing with the threat of nuclear weapons in the 21st century. The author reviews the history of nuclear deterrence and calls for a renewed intellectual effort to address the relevance of concepts such as first strike, escalation, extended deterrence, and other Cold War-era strategies in today's complex world of additional superpowers, smaller nuclear powers, and non-state actors.
 
U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, Roberts
Overview: This book is a counter to the conventional wisdom that the United States can and should do more to reduce both the role of nuclear weapons in its security strategies and the number of weapons in its arsenal. The case against nuclear weapons has been made on many grounds-including historical, political, and moral. But, Brad Roberts argues, it has not so far been informed by the experience of the United States since the Cold War in trying to adapt deterrence to a changed world, and to create the conditions that would allow further significant changes to U.S. nuclear policy and posture.

Online Resource:
Nuclear Matters

Video: On Nuclear Deterrence - Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston (retired)


 

 Cyber PCE

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, Friedman
Cyberpower and National Security, Kramer, Starr, and Wentz
Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It, Clarke & Knake
Fatal System Error, Menn
Ghost Fleet, Cole & Singer
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Mitnick
Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World, Brenner
Information Operations: Warfare and the Hard Reality of Soft Power, Armistead
Strategic Cyber Deterrence: The Active Cyber Defense Option, Jasper
Unrestricted Warfare, Liang & Xiangsui
 





 

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