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’s Lynn Rusten on Defense Department’s New Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
The DoD’s new CWMD strategy, last updated in 2014, comes at a time when longstanding norms against nuclear use are being tested.
NTI Releases New Paper on Global Effects of Nuclear Conflict: Implications for Nuclear Policymaking, Then and Now
The paper highlights the need for renewed attention to the catastrophic effects of nuclear conflict as a crucial step toward reducing the risk of nuclear use.
Reducing Cyber Risks to Nuclear Weapons: Proposals from a U.S.-Russia Expert Dialogue
There is a critical need for a global diplomatic approach to address growing cyber risks, including, where possible, through cooperation between the United States and Russia.
NTI Releases New Report on Reducing Cyber Risks to Nuclear Weapons: Proposals from a U.S.-Russia Dialogue
A new report from NTI highlights the critical need for a global diplomatic approach to address growing cyber risks, including, where possible, through cooperation between the United States and Russia.
NTI President Joan Rohlfing Talks Neuroscience and Nuclear War with The New York Times
Joan Rohlfing discusses how nuclear risks are the highest they have ever been in the nuclear age and how our nuclear launch protocols are outdated.