Right Web

Tracking militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy

Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel

Please note: IPS Right Web neither represents nor endorses any of the individuals or groups profiled on this site.

About

The Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel (DCAP) was established by the Bush administration to oversee production of the president’s Nuclear Posture Review, which is a classified study outlining the country’s plans and strategies vis-à-vis its nuclear arsenal. Tapped to chair the panel was Keith Payne, a hawkish nuclear policy analyst who heads the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP).

In January 2001, shortly before the panel was established, NIPP released a report that is widely considered to have served as a blueprint for the Bush posture review. Several members of the NIPP study group that produced the report, titled "Rationale and Requirements for U.S. Nuclear Forces," also served on DCAP and/or went on to receive influential posts in the Bush administration, including: James Woolsey, DCAP and Defense Policy Board; Keith Payne, DCAP and deputy assistant secretary of defense for forces and policy (until 2003); Linton F. Brooks, DCAP and head of the National Nuclear Security Administration; Stephen Hadley, National Security Council; Robert Joseph, National Security Council; Stephen Cambone, assistant secretary of defense. (The other members of DCAP were Chris Williams, a supporter of the Project for the New American Century and the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, as well as a member of the Defense Policy Board; Barry Blechman, a member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and the Defense Policy Board; James Miller; and Kurt Guthe. The panel was disbanded in Fall 2002.)

Regarding NIPP’s "Rationale and Requirements," the World Policy Institute reported, "In general, the NIPP report calls future security threats to the U.S. unknown and unpredictable. Therefore, the report concludes that the U.S. must maintain its nuclear arsenal, and the ability to design, build and test new nuclear weapons. The report asserts that conventional weapons are inadequate replacements for nuclear weapons because they do not have the same ‘destructive power.’ As a solution the report recommends the development of ‘low-yield, precision-guided nuclear weapons’–in other words, a nuclear weapon the US can actually use. The NIPP panel frowns on arms control treaties because, ‘US policymakers today cannot know the strategic environment of 2005, let alone 2010 or 2020. There is no basis for expecting that the conditions that may permit deep nuclear reductions today will continue in the future.’" (5)

Share RightWeb

Please note: IPS Right Web neither represents nor endorses any of the individuals or groups profiled on this site.

Sources

(1) Members of the panel were verified through IRC email correspondence with LTC Dan Stoneking, Pentagon Press Desk Officer, April 21, 2003.

(2) "About Face: The Role of the Arms Lobby In the Bush Administration's Radical Reversal of Two Decades of U.S. Nuclear Policy," World Policy Institute, May 2002
http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms/reports/execsummaryaboutface.html

(3) "Pentagon Wants Nuclear Weapons Hedge," BulletinWire, January 10, 2002
http://www.thebulletin.org/bulletinwirearchive/BulletinWire020111.html

(4) "Rationale and Requirements for U.S. Nuclear Forces, Volume 1," National Institute for Public Policy, January 2001
http://www.nipp.org/Adobe/volume 1 complete.pdf

(5) "Axis of Influence," World Policy Institute, July 2002
http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms/reports/axisofinfluence.html

Share RightWeb

Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel Résumé

Right Web connections

  • Linton F. Brooks, member
  • Keith Payne, chair
  • Chris Williams, member
  • James Woolsey, member


  • Related:

    Deterrence Concepts Advisory Panel News Feed

    Retired banker Les Young wants to represent the minority-majority district on Palm Springs City Council - The Desert SunThe world's largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door - Los Angeles TimesAir Force Magazine - Air Force MagazineChina likely to tread carefully on North Korea as power dynamic shifts - South China Morning PostUN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates - Mintpress NewsPentagon's Jason group is not worth mourning - DefenseNews.comAir Force Leaders Outline Potential Elements of Space Deterrence - Via SatelliteWhite House eyes nuclear weapons expert to lead challenge to climate science - Science MagazinePentagon Seeks a List of Ethical Principles for Using AI in War - Defense OneLiving in (Digital) Denial: Russia's Approach to Cyber Deterrence - European Leadership NetworkWorld Health Organization panel weighs in on CRISPR-babies debate - Nature.comForm S-1/A Kannalife Inc - StreetInsider.comBridge building to strengthen the Non-Proliferation Treaty - European Leadership NetworkPulwama terror attack, nuclear weapons and the India-Pakistan conflict dyad - Observer Research FoundationThe demise of the INF Treaty: What are the consequences for NATO - European Leadership NetworkForm S-1/A BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. - StreetInsider.comDoes ‘limited war’ mean limited risks for aggressors? | TheHill - The HillUK PONI Roundtable: Extended Deterrence and Assurance in Europe - RUSI AnalysisRussia and NATO: How to overcome deterrence instability? - European Leadership NetworkLiberal bleeding slows - Canada News - Castanet.net

    Right Web is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

    The Right Web Mission

    Right Web tracks militarists’ efforts to influence U.S. foreign policy.

    For media inquiries,
    email rightwebproject@gmail.com

    From the Wires

    A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington – to head off the threat of a disastrous war.


    Vladimir Putin excels at taking advantage of mistakes made by Russia’s adversaries to further his country’s interests. Donald Trump’s Iran policy has given Putin plenty of opportunity to do that.


    The Trump administration’s claims about purported Iranian threats have been repeated by credulous reporters and TV news programs far and wide.


    This is the cartoon that the international edition of the New York Times should have run, at least as regards U.S. policy toward Iran.


    The assault on Tripoli by Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s renegade general and leader of the self-anointed Libyan National Army (LNA), has forced an indefinite postponement of key UN peace efforts in the country even as the Trump White House announced that the president recognized Haftar’s “important” role in fighting terrorists.


    With all eyes focused these days on Donald Trump and his myriad crimes, John Bolton’s speeches are a reminder that even worse options are waiting in the wings.


    Advocates of cutting U.S. aid to Israel rather than using it as leverage must understand how this aid works, how big a challenge it represents for advocacy, and how to make a potentially successful argument against it.


    RightWeb
    share