Skip to main content
Series: 5 on 45 Podcast
An unarmed AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missile is released from a B-52H Stratofortress over the Utah Test and Training Range during a Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program sortie, 80miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., September 22, 2014.  Picture taken September 22, 2014.  To Match Special Report USA-NUCLEAR/MODERNIZE   Air Force/Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson/Handout via REUTERS  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC135B6E2810

Are Trump’s nuclear ambitions feasible?

Steven Pifer, senior fellow in Foreign Policy, discusses the most recent Nuclear Posture Review, in which the Trump administration took a drastically different approach than the previous Obama administration. Pifer discusses whether the U.S. should rely more heavily on nuclear weapons, whether the United States needs small nuclear weapons, which new nuclear systems were proposed in the review, and the affordability of Trump’s plans.

Related content:

North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs: Strategies, directions, and prospects

The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times

Meeting U.S. deterrence requirements


Subscribe to Brookings podcasts here or on iTunes, send feedback email to, and follow us and tweet us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

Get daily updates from Brookings