Strategic Studies Quarterly - Winter 2017

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** Volume 11 Issue 4 - Winter 2017 ------------------------------------------------------------

Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL / Published Nov 28, 2017

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Policy Forum On US Nuclear Deterrence (

Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, Retired

There is no evidence that our self-imposed policies and constraints have constrained any other nuclear-armed or aspiring nuclear power. Simple prudence now demands that we take steps necessary to ensure the continued health of our current nuclear deterrent. Highlighting Artificial Intelligence: An Interview with Paul Scharre (

AI today is a very powerful technology. It is poised to change not only the way we think about productivity but also elements of national power.

Feature Article China’s Institutional Challenges to the International Order (

Huiyun Feng and Kai He

When China faces a security challenge with disadvantageous prospects, it is more likely to take risks and conduct exclusive institutional balancing against the United States.

Perspectives Commanding the Trend: Social Media as Information Warfare (

Lt Col Jarred Prier, USAF

Islamic State and Russia provide evidence of successful influence operations using social media. The 2016 election proved that using social media to influence political outcomes is highly effective.

Is it possible to uncover a troll network? See related video ( . Overcoming the Cyber Weapons Paradox (

Maj Timothy M. Goines, USAF

The prospect of employing cyber weapons creates a paradox between overt factors of deterrence and the covert nature of offensive cyber operations—and the paradox of cyber weapons themselves. Fighter Jets, Supercars, and Complex Technology (

Ian MacMillan

There are problems with the F-35, but this should come as no surprise. Like modern supercars, complex weapons are not designed and built overnight. With patience, there can be a silver lining. Rethinking the US Nuclear Triad (

Darius E. Watson

The United States needs to critically reassess the current triad with an eye toward eliminating redundant or potentially ineffective systems such as the strategic nuclear bomber.

Book Reviews China's Military Transformation (

By: You Ji

Reviewed by: William E. Kelly, PhD

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