Emerging Technologies


Emerging technologies pose new challenges and unique threats to nuclear weapons systems and stability among the nuclear possessors, with potentially deleterious effects for international security. BASIC monitors and assesses the impacts of new technologies – such as cyber weapons, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and drones – on nuclear command and control systems and delivery platforms.

In collaboration with British Pugwash, BASIC has looked in depth at how disruptive anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies could undermine nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) stealth and compromise their ability to maintain a secure second-strike – that is, to always be able to remain hidden in order to return fire.

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