Iran's Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices

Iran's Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices

Iran's Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices

Iran's Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices

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U.S. decisionmakers will confront a series of critical policy choices as Iran’s nuclear program continues to evolve. The purpose of this study was to define these choices, describe the underlying complex considerations, assess their potential effectiveness, and uncover where policy trade-offs will be required. Given that the U.S. Air Force will be called on to carry out the military tasks associated with the policy choices, this study suggested ways in which the Air Force can prepare.

The research reported here is the product of a fiscal year 2010 RAND Project AIR FORCE research project, “Aligning Nuclear Forces for the New Strategic Environment.” The project was sponsored by the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force (AF/A10); the research was conducted in the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE. This monograph will be of interest to anyone concerned about how Iran’s nuclear program may develop and what this could mean for future security in the critical region of the Middle East.

RAND Project AIR FORCE

RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF), a division of the RAND Corporation, is the U.S. Air Force’s federally funded research and development center for studies and analyses. PAF provides the Air Force with independent analyses of policy alternatives affecting the development, employment, combat readiness, and support of current and future aerospace forces. Research is conducted in four programs: Force . . .

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