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The Manned Penetrating Bomber: Time to Reconsider? Advocating Removing Strategic Bomber from Triad, New Nuclear Dyad, History of Bomber Mission and the Way Ahead for Strategic Deterrence

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CONTENTS

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The Manned Penetrating Bomber: Time to Reconsider?

I. INTRODUCTION

II. HISTORY OF THE NUCLEAR TRIAD

III. POST-COLD WAR BOMBER MISSION

IV. CURRENT STATE OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE DOCTRINE AND STRATEGY

V. THE WAY AHEAD FOR STRATEGIC DETERRENCE

2019 U.S. Intelligence Community Worldwide Threat Assessment

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The Manned Penetrating Bomber: Time to Reconsider?

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Shawn E. Toenyes

Major, United States Army

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B.S., John Brown University, 1997

MBA, John Brown University, 2011

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June 2016

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Subject Terms: triad, deterrence, bombers

ABSTRACT

During the Cold War, the United States constructed a nuclear triad, which consists of three components: strategic bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). The triad's mission was to ensure that the U.S. nuclear force would not be crippled or destroyed should an enemy attempt a first strike attack against the United States. This in turn offered a credible threat of a U.S.-launched second strike, enhancing the overall effectiveness of our deterrent strategy. This thesis challenges a central tenet of traditional U.S. nuclear doctrine by asking, "Is the Triad still needed?" Although some in the Air Force, along with various government personnel and those outside of the National Capital Region, have questioned the continued reliance on the bomber, there has been insufficient debate about either the bomber's deterrence value or second-strike launch capability in the event that nuclear deterrence collapses. This research examines the historic and contemporary reasons for maintaining bombers as part of the Triad. This thesis concludes that the strategic bomber should be removed from the Triad and the financial savings be redistributed to the remaining legs of the newly formed nuclear dyad.

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I. INTRODUCTION

II. HISTORY OF THE NUCLEAR TRIAD

III. POST-COLD WAR BOMBER MISSION

IV. CURRENT STATE OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE DOCTRINE AND STRATEGY

V. THE WAY AHEAD FOR STRATEGIC DETERRENCE

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