The US Nuclear Triad

US Nuclear Triad - A Strategic Deterrent

America must maintain a safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrent to assure its safety and security now and for the future.







The Strategic Deterrent Coalition supports maintaining America’s strategic nuclear deterrent in an era of reduced resources.

The United States currently maintains a nuclear triad, or a system of delivery vehicles comprised of a sea, land, and air deterrent based on Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), intercontinental ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers.

Maintaining Strategic Stability

Retaining all three legs of the triad will best maintain strategic stability at a reasonable cost, while hedging against potential technical problems or vulnerabilities.

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Delivery Platforms

Weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal provide a wide range of options that can be tailored to meet desired military and political objectives. Each leg of the triad has advantages that warrant retaining all three legs in the near-term.

1. Strategic Submarine Ballistic Nuclear (SSBN)s and the SLBMs they carry represent the most survivable leg of the nuclear triad.

2. Single-warhead ICBMs contribute to stability, and like SLBMs, have low vulnerability to air defenses.

3. Unlike ICBMs and SLBMs, bombers can be visibly deployed forward as a signal in crisis to strengthen deterrence against potential adversaries and assurance of allies and partners; it is also possible to recall a manned bomber after launch or takeoff toward a target.