NATO's Nuclear Posture

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As part of its military doctrine, NATO relies on nuclear deterrence based upon the strategic nuclear arsenals of the United States and the United Kingdom. There are also U.S. B61 tactical gravity bombs based in five other member states as part of NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangements. Leaders and constituencies from NATO member states hold different views on how much emphasis the Alliance should place on the nuclear component of its military doctrine, and what the composition of the nuclear forces should look like. BASIC keeps a watching brief on this issue in order to develop assurance that does not rely upon forward deployment of B61 bombs, and we remain convinced that this issue remains open.

Previous BASIC projects on this issue:

  1. Joint Project on Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe 
  2. Shadow NATO Summits 

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