Develop and demonstrate capabilities to strengthen U.S. deterrence across the competition-conflict spectrum.
Analyze and document how new multi-domain capabilities can improve the existing nuclear deterrent. Develop nuclear weapon employment concepts and options to maximize deterrent and strike capability in addition to providing input to nuclear force policy.
Assess how evolving adversary nuclear arsenals and defense systems affect the efficacy of the current US nuclear deterrent. Propose options for alternative weapons and delivery systems that enhance US capabilities to manage escalation.
Evaluate and document how emerging technologies, e.g., advances in nuclear power, space, and computing technologies could lead to strategic surprise. Develop technical concepts and solutions to leverage these technologies to ensure a resilient and integrated system of systems across the competition-conflict continuum.
primary Strategic Objectives
Technical Leadership - Deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to advance relevant research frontiers and anticipate emerging national security risks.
Threat Reduction - Anticipate persistent and emerging threats to global security; develop and deploy revolutionary tools to detect, deter, and respond proactively.
Nuclear Deterrent - Lead the nation in evaluating, developing, and ensuring effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent, including the design, production, and certification of current and future nuclear weapons.