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.
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.