NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy and forces

  • Last updated: 17 May. 2018 11:35

Nuclear weapons are a core component of NATO’s overall capabilities for deterrence and defence alongside conventional and missile defence forces.

Highlights

  • NATO’s nuclear policy is based on NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept and the 2012 Deterrence and Defence Posture Review.
  • The fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear forces is deterrence.
  • Deterrence, based on an appropriate mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities, remains a core element of NATO’s overall strategy.
  • Nuclear weapons are a core component of the Alliance’s overall capabilities for deterrence and defence alongside conventional and missile defence forces.
  • NATO is committed to arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, it will remain a nuclear alliance.
  • The Nuclear Planning Group provides the forum for consultation on NATO’s nuclear deterrence.

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