In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, NTI CEO Ernest J. Moniz warned of the growing risk that miscalculation, accident, mistake or terrorism will lead to nuclear use and urged leaders to reexamine strategic policies on the U.S. nuclear arsenal, force posture and doctrine in light of these 21st century risks.
“The combination of advances in technology, tensions between nation-states, terrorism and cyber dangers must challenge traditional thinking about nuclear weapons policies, the risk of nuclear weapon use, the configuration and deployment of our forces and the priorities of our investments,” Moniz said. “Maintaining a safe, secure and reliable deterrent is necessary in today’s world but is not sufficient. The risks of miscalculation should be at the forefront of our thinking and an important driver of our analyses.”
Moniz also addressed developments related to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, the North Korean nuclear threat, U.S.-Russia relations, the Trump Administration’s upcoming Nuclear Posture Review and more.
To see the speech and Q&A, aired by C-Span, click here.
To read the speech (as prepared), click here.