Nuclear Use Authority
There is no more consequential decision for a president than ordering a nuclear strike. Once launched, a nuclear-armed missile cannot be recalled or aborted. Today, the strategic environment and threats that could lead to the use of a nuclear weapon have changed from the Cold War, yet much of U.S. policy with respect to nuclear use authority remains grounded in that past era, increasing the risk of an accident or a mistake.
Statement from Ernest J. Moniz and Sam Nunn on Nuclear Use Authority
The President and Nuclear Weapons: Authorities, Limits, and Process
Assessing and Managing the Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear-Weapon Systems
NTI Seminar: A Stable Nuclear Future? Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Strategic Stability with UPenn’s Michael C. Horowitz
More News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons Programs, Policy, and Deterrence
NTI Resources on the War in Ukraine
As the war in Ukraine continues, destroying cities and causing the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe in a generation, NTI’s policy experts are fanning out across the news media to discuss the implications of Putin’s actions
NTI Statement on Vladimir Putin’s Nuclear Threats
NATO and the West must continue to respond with steady determination and resolve to push back on reckless Russian threats.
Ernest Moniz on Vladimir Putin’s reckless nuclear threats
Ernest Moniz says the Russian leader needs to back away from the nuclear button.
Statement by the Euro-Atlantic Security Leadership Group (EASLG) Co-Conveners
"Reducing and eliminating nuclear risks that could lead to catastrophic consequences is a common interest for all nations and an enduring responsibility of the nuclear weapon states."
Leaders must untie the ‘knot of war’ in Europe
“The risk of an accident, miscalculation, or disastrous decision is especially ominous when the two countries with the largest nuclear weapon arsenals are on opposite sides.”