An Assessment of the U.S.-Russia Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons Balance

January, 2021
IDA document: P-14248
FFRDC: Systems and Analyses Center
Type: Documents
Division: Strategy, Forces and Resources Division
William A. Chambers, John K. Warden, Caroline R. Milne, James A. Blackwell See more authors
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review points to the differential in U.S.-Russia non-strategic nuclear forces as driving a perception that Russia's "greater number and variety of non-strategic nuclear systems provide a coercive advantage in crises and at lower levels of conflict." This paper characterizes the nature and meaning of asymmetries between non-strategic nuclear forces of the United States and Russia.