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    The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review: Continuity and change

    When: Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


    With the unveiling of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the Trump administration builds on President Obama’s multi-decade plan to modernize each leg of the U.S. nuclear triad and nuclear command and control system, calling it “an affordable priority.” At the same time, the Trump NPR goes beyond the 2010 NPR in a number of ways. These changes include seeking a new, low-yield warhead for some sea-launched ballistic missiles and a new nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile and by articulating a revised declaratory policy that could envision the U.S. use of nuclear weapons in a wider range of contingencies, such as in response to a cyberattack against U.S. command and control or early warning capabilities.

    On February 12, Foreign Policy at Brookings will host a discussion of the 2018 NPR. The event will feature a keynote by Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg. Following his remarks, a panel will convene that includes Jim Miller, under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration; Madelyn Creedon, principal deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration during the Obama administration; James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment; and Robert Einhorn of Brookings. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the discussion, while adding his own perspective.

    Following their conversation, panelists will take audience questions.

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