At a recent panel discussion on Capitol Hill, nuclear experts including NTI’s Lynn Rusten debated whether the Trump Administration’s recently released Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is more consistent with or a departure from past U.S. nuclear policy, and all expressed concerns about the future of the U.S.-Russian nuclear relationship.
“In contrast to the 2010 NPR that advanced the long term goal of a world without nuclear weapons, this NPR makes the case for an enduring role for nuclear weapons in our national security,” said Rusten, NTI’s senior advisor for global nuclear policy and programs, at the event hosted by the Arms Control Association (ACA) and The Lugar Center. Panel members included Ambassador Linton Brooks (former Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration) and Dr. Olga Oliker (Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies). The ACA’s Kingston Reif moderated.
Rusten, former senior director for arms control and nonproliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, said that while previous NPRs have outlined much narrower contingencies for the potential use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear threats, this NPR “does the opposite.”