Vojenské rozhledy (Nov 2021)

Current Nuclear Strategies and Arsenals of the United States of America and the Russian Federation

  • Adam Potočňák

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 30, no. 4
pp. 23 – 44


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The article holistically analyses current strategies for the use and development of nuclear forces of the USA and Russia and analytically reflects their mutual doctrinal interactions. It deals with the conditions under which the U.S. and Russia may opt for using their nuclear weapons and reflects also related issues of modernization and development of their actual nuclear forces. The author argues that both superpowers did not manage to abandon the Cold War logic or avoid erroneous, distorted or exaggerated assumptions about the intentions of the other side. The text concludes with a summary of possible changes and adaptations of the American nuclear strategy under the Biden administration as part of the assumed strategy update expected for 2022.