Ernest J. Moniz
Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NTI
Today’s announcement that President Biden and President Xi have agreed to resume military-to-military communications is a very positive development. At a time of increased U.S.-China tensions, it is essential to maintain regular channels of military-to-military dialogue to increase mutual understanding and avoid incidents or miscalculation that could lead to conflict.
Similarly, it is important to continue and build on the bilateral discussions regarding nuclear weapons and arms control that took place in early November in diplomatic channels. With China rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, the United States modernizing its nuclear forces, and the global arms control and nonproliferation architecture under duress, sustained and constructive dialogue to reduce nuclear risks and enhance stability is more necessary than ever.
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"This will help create a global nuclear ecosystem that can deliver historically large annual nuclear deployments for an extended period and meet strong nonproliferation and nuclear security standards,” said NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest J. Moniz
NTI and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) hosted an event on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 67th General Conference to discuss key findings from the 2023 NTI Nuclear Security Index.
The DoD’s new CWMD strategy, last updated in 2014, comes at a time when longstanding norms against nuclear use are being tested.