Senator Nunn featured on NBC Nightly News segment, "In Their Own Words"

TOM BROKAW, anchor:  Former Senator Sam Nunn was the highly regarded chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee before he retired in 1996.  A Democrat from Georgia, he has some strong views on missile defense as a technology and a strategy.  Here is some of what he has to say tonight, IN HIS OWN WORDS.

Senator SAM NUNN: We do need to think anew, but we need to think anew in a broad way, looking at the whole array of threats.  I hope that the Bush administration will begin to look at the broader context of US/Russia cooperation and not simply the missile part of it.  We've got to deal with Southwest Asia, India and Pakistan.  We've got to deal with the Middle East. We've got to deal with China.  And we've got to deal with Russian scientists who may very well be tempted to sell weapons, jeopardizing our families in order to feed their own families.

And the most serious threats right now are not a missile from a third world country that has a return address.  If we end up spending a huge amount of money on defending limited attack from three or four countries in the world--three, four, five missiles--and we don't have money left over to try to get the weapons and materials and know-how under control, we could end up with a more dangerous situation in 10 years than we have now.

BROKAW: Sam Nunn, the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tonight IN HIS OWN WORDS on the threat of nuclear terrorism.

May 1, 2001

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