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Nuclear Posture Review

Definition/Scope: (NPR report) The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a report that is used to outline the current administration's approach to reducing nuclear dangers and pursue the goal of a world without nuclear weapons, while simultaneously advancing broader U.S. security interests. The NPR reflects the President's national security priorities and the supporting defense strategy objectives identified in the Quadrennial Defense Review. After describing fundamental changes in the international security environment, the 2010 NPR report focuses on five key objectives of our nuclear weapons policies and posture: preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism; reducing the role of U.S. nuclear weapons in U.S. national security strategy; maintaining strategic deterrence and stability at reduced nuclear force levels; strengthening regional deterrence and reassuring U.S. allies and partners; and sustaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal. While the NPR is focused principally on steps to be taken in the next five to ten years, it also considers the path ahead for U.S. nuclear strategy and posture over the longer term. One such path is the basis for the negotiation of a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). This report is submitted concurrently with the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. The NPR is a legislatively-mandated (National Defense Authorization Act FY08, Sec 1070/Public Law 110-181) comprehensive review of the U.S. nuclear deterrence policy, strategy and force posture for the next five to 10 years. Previous NPRs were conducted in 1994 and 2002.



Broader Terms:

National Security Strategy

Narrower Terms:

contemporary operational environment
nuclear weapons proliferation

Related Terms:

Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency
Department of State
international environment
missile defense
National Counterproliferation Center
National Defense Strategy
Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
Quadrennial Defense Review

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