Monday, July 11, 2016

Some Potentially Good News on US Nuclear Policy


The Washington Post is reporting on some hopeful Obama Admin. aspirations on nuclear policy:
Josh Rogin. July 10, 2016, Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his final months. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/obama-plans-major-nuclear-policy-changes-in-his-final-months/2016/07/10/fef3d5ca-4521-11e6-88d0-6adee48be8bc_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

…declaring a “no first use” policy for the United States’ nuclear arsenal, which would be a landmark change in the country’s nuclear posture.

…seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution affirming a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons…

…The administration is also considering offering Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty’s limits on deployed nuclear weapons, even though those limits don’t expire until 2021.

…Some administration officials want to cancel or delay development of a new nuclear cruise missile, called the Long-Range Stand-Off weapon, because it is designed for a limited nuclear strike, a capability Obama doesn’t believe the United States needs.

Some officials want to take most deployed nukes off of “hair trigger” alert…

The administration also wants to cut back long-term plans for modernizing the nation’s nuclear arsenal…




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