An anonymous reader writes: With trillion dollar deficits and large bills in the coming years for social programs, America may simply have no choice but to cut the size of its military. What could be a simple yet cost effective way to achieve a powerful deterrent and global military power in the coming decades with lean budgets: Relying once again on nuclear weapons and a strong emphasis on cyberwar.
With America having left Iraq and soon Afghanistan, America has a fundamental choice to reshape its military. If the nation can move past nation building and focus on defense of the homeland, nuclear and cyber-weapons maybe the most cost-effective solution.
The authors claim: " After all, dollar for dollar, nuclear weapons—in particular—provide American taxpayers the greatest level of security and stability of any weapon the nation has ever fielded. The fact that at an estimated $30 billion per year—5% of the defense budget—the nuclear arsenal is cheap, may spur Congress to take a pragmatic position toward the nation’s most powerful military capabilities (as the federal budget is increasingly engulfed by social welfare programs) and support an effective nuclear deterrent along with the development of devastating cyber capabilities."