School of Strategic Force Studies

Recommended Readings

 Nuclear College
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)


National Security Space Institute

The annual NSSI Space Professional Reading List consists of  books on space-related topics. The list contains recommended books that enrich space professionals’ knowledge and understanding of space defense and is intended to spur intellectual growth and development. This list is not all-inclusive; the goal is to provide a starting point or expand existing knowledge and skills.

A Fresh View on the Outer Space Treaty, Annette Froehlich
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance between Astrophysics and the Military, Neil Degrasse Tyson & Aris Lang
Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story, John Bloom
First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong, James R. Hansen
Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield, Robert H. Latiff
Striking Power, Jeremy Rabkin & John Yoo
Report: PLA Aerospace Power, Brendan Mulvaney
Thesis: Space Theory Strategy - War from the High Ground Down, Angelo T. Fernandez

The NSSI publishes the NSSI Space Weekly, which is a weekly roundup of space defense news from around the globe. NSSI Space Weekly contains a wealth of information that will keep air and space warfighters abreast of current events and rapidly evolving technologies and policies.

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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