Within the ICBM force, the rhetoric of deterrence can sometimes seem disconnected from the required focus of the practitioners in the field. The gap between rhetoric and reality may contribute to a problem of identity in the U.S. ICBM force. One important key to motivating high performance is the articulation of a clear and consistent operational mission. In this Project on Managing the Atom Seminar, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, MTA/ISP Fellow, will present his current research.