Top Air Force Officer Rejects Advice on Nuclear Arms Cuts

A new analysis backed by a former top U.S. nuclear commander is incorrect in calling for sharp curbs to the nation's strategic forces, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in Wednesday comments reported by Defense News (see GSN, May 16).

The assessment by the disarmament advocacy organization Global Zero advises eliminating all but 900 of the country's warheads. All ICBMs would be scrapped under the plan, and only 450 weapons would remain on active service on submarines and bombers,. The document received a prominent endorsement from retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, a former head of U.S. Strategic Command who retired as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“I don’t agree with his assessment nor the study,” said Schwartz, whose service oversees the nation's ICBMs. 

The country's triad of land-, air- and sea-based warhead carriers aids in discouraging enemy aggression, according to the official (Marcus Weisgerber, Defense News, May 16).

May 18, 2012
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A new analysis backed by a former top U.S. nuclear commander is incorrect in calling for sharp curbs to the nation's strategic forces, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said in Wednesday comments reported by Defense News.

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