A Roadmap for America’s Nuclear Policy and Posture

Bloomberg View published an op-ed by Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn that calls on the United States and the other nuclear weapons states to take immediate action to reduce the risk of a nuclear accident, mistake or miscalculation.

In addition, the Nuclear Threat Initiative published six related policy papers that together provide an alternative vision and roadmap for America’s nuclear policy and posture and a template for Congress and the American people to evaluate the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). 

The op-ed and papers are published as an NTI Paper, available as a PDF

Moniz-Nunn Op-ed in Bloomberg View, February 1, 2018

“The world has crossed over to a new nuclear era, where a fateful error -- rather than intentional aggression -- is the most likely catalyst to nuclear catastrophe.

“American leaders have been warned more than once of incoming Russian missiles -- in each case, it was a false alarm resulting from technical or human error. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was mistakenly alerted to a possible U.S. missile strike after the launch of a Norwegian scientific rocket.

“After every incident, we deceive ourselves that we can solve the problem with better technology and training -- or we reassure ourselves that the combination of diligence and good luck we experienced during the Cold War will continue. But do we really believe we can prevent a nuclear catastrophe indefinitely in a world with nine states with nuclear weapons and significant suspicion and hostility in many of their mutual relationships?”

Read the entire op-ed here

NTI’s U.S. Nuclear Policy and Posture resources include: 

  1. Preventing nuclear use
  2. Engaging in nuclear dialogue
  3. Increasing warning and decision time
  4. Moving to a safer, secure, more credible nuclear posture in Europe
  5. Arms control:  Extending New START, preserving INF, supporting further reductions and strengthening verification
  6. Securing nuclear weapons and materials
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To coincide with a Bloomberg View op-ed published today by Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn, NTI published six related policy papers that together provide an alternative vision and roadmap for America’s nuclear policy and posture and a template for Congress and the American people to evaluate the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

Authors
Steve Andreasen
Steve Andreasen

National Security Consultant

Ernest J. Moniz
Ernest J. Moniz

Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NTI

Sam Nunn
Sam Nunn

Co-Chair, NTI

Samantha Pitts-Kiefer
Samantha Pitts-Kiefer

Senior Director, Materials Risk Management

Leon Ratz
Leon Ratz

Program Officer, Materials Risk Management

Brian Rose
Brian Rose

Program Officer, Global Nuclear Policy

Lynn Rusten
Lynn Rusten

Vice President, Global Nuclear Policy Program

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