Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century

Is deterrence a “one-size fits all” strategic concept? Can it be applied equally effectively to security challenges as diverse as nuclear weapons and cyberspace? Or do the emerging domains of outer space and cyberspace require their own deterrence strategies? These and related questions are the subject of a collection of essays recently published by the George C. Marshall Institute.

In Returning to Fundamentals: Deterrence and U.S. National Security in the 21st Century, Marshall Institute scholars dispel the misconceptions that have emerged about deterrence and its application to modern security problems. Dr. Robert Butterworth examines U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Peter Marquez looks at attempts to apply deterrent concepts in space. Eric Sterner performs a similar analysis of deterrence in cyberspace, and Dr. John Sheldon closes the volume by discussing American conventional military power. The authors discussed their essays and answered questions on the future direction of national security policy.

  • Dr. Robert Butterworth, President of Aries Analytics and member of the Marshall Institute’s Board of Directors,
  • Mr. Peter Marquez, Director for Space Policy at the White House 2007-2010 and Fellow at the Marshall Institute,
  • Dr. John B. Sheldon, Professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB and Fellow at the Marshall Institute,
  • Mr. Eric Sterner, Washington-based national security and aerospace consultant and Fellow at the Marshall Institute.

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