Safer at Sea? Pakistan’s Sea-Based Deterrent and Nuclear Weapons Security

October 04, 2017

by Christopher Clary and Ankit Panda

Download the print version P D F icon

Its January 2017 missile test demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment to develop sea-based nuclear weapons in the coming decade. While some argue this could enhance deterrence, it may increase the dangers of higher readiness and unauthorized use; the risks of inadvertent escalation, preemption, and crisis stability; and the threat of theft or sabotage.