Nuclear Declaratory Policy Examined As Biden Eyes Curbing Nukes

Nuclear Declaratory Policy Examined As Biden Eyes Curbing Nukes

Andrew H. Sweet

Focus is increasing on whether the Biden administration will declare the "sole purpose" of U.S. nuclear forces is to deter or respond to nuclear attacks in its upcoming nuclear posture review.

But any moves that can be seen as reducing the current ambiguity in U.S. nuclear policy may raise concerns among allies that rely on American nuclear force for protection and prefer the vagueness to complicate adversaries' calculations.

The U.S. nuclear declaratory policy has so far centered on what is known as "strategic ambiguity" regarding the exact circumstances that might lead to a nuclear response, though efforts have been seen in the past to offer clarification.

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