NSRI is proud to host the 2023 USSTRATCOM Science & Technology Conference, which will take place in fall 2023. To create a robust, valuable agenda, we are asking several stakeholders to provide input. Please complete this form by April 30, 2023.
Immediately below are the topic areas for this event for your consideration. Please read each description and then complete the form below to rank the areas from: 1 (highest priority/interest) to 4 (lowest priority/interest). We look forward to your input.
The Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) transcends all physical domains, as such, EMS superiority is required to conduct operations against peer and near-peer adversaries in contested environments. Competing powers perceive US dependence on the spectrum, and have noted it as vulnerability and developed advanced EMS capabilities of their own. In some instances, the US has not kept pace, and our technological advantages are eroding. The DoD must be innovative with their approach to technology Research and Development (R&D), Policy and workforce development if it is going to regain its advantage in EMS dominance.
Assessing and Addressing Deterrence Gaps
China’s expanding nuclear arsenal, coupled with Russia’s nuclear threats create a challenging deterrence landscape for American leaders. China is investing in nuclear options that span the escalation ladder while Russia increases its threat of limited nuclear employment. Meanwhile, the United States is replacing its aged nuclear triad, but failing to develop the range of systems required to achieve parity with Russia, China, North Korea, and, soon, Iran. The American nuclear enterprise also lacks the ability to respond at the speed and scale of adversaries. The rapid technical and geopolitical changes underway require supporting research that addresses these challenges, and offer adjustments to strategy and policy in order to rapidly identify key modernization initiatives for America’s nuclear arsenal.
Understanding How Adversaries Assess Risks
With the United States facing a revanchist Russia that persistently threatens the use of nuclear weapons, rapid expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal, a breakout of the North Korean nuclear arsenal, and a possible Iranian nuclear bomb, it is more important than ever for the United States to understand the mind of its adversaries. A deep understanding of adversary strategic culture and interests is necessary for the United States to maintain stable deterrence. This requires research and analysis by experts with a deep understanding of the states and leaders that pose risk to the United States and its allies.