Anticipate, develop, and demonstrate capabilities to solve emergent deterrence gaps.
- Analyze the impacts of cross-domain deterrence to the existing nuclear deterrent; derive modernization requirements for the current stockpile and delivery systems and new employment concepts to address these impacts and consider the implications to nuclear force policy.
- Assess how evolving adversary stockpiles (e.g., tactical nuclear systems) and adversary defense systems (e.g., anti-access and area denial) affect the efficacy of the current US stockpile and delivery systems. Propose options for alternative US weapons and delivery systems that address gaps.
- Anticipate how advances in nuclear power, cyber, space, quantum, and computing technologies could lead to strategic surprise and gaps in the overall strategic deterrent. Evaluate technical, tactical, and policy countermeasures to those gaps.