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“Minimum Deterrence: Examining the Evidence”

Recently, President Obama called for large reductions in the U.S. nuclear arsenal from the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty levels, which could leave the U.S. with roughly 1,000 weapons. The President’s announcement has renewed the debate over the appropriate size of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal.

Advocates of a Minimum Deterrence strategy applaud the move and view it as progress towards a nuclear-free world; skeptics maintain that deeply reduced force levels would leave the United States and its allies vulnerable and that Minimum Deterrence relies on unrealistic hopes and unreliable assumptions.

The National Institute for Public Policy’s report, Minimum Deterrence: Examining the Evidence, offers valuable insight into this debate and makes a compelling case that the Minimum Deterrence position builds on utopian hopes and is contrary to historic experience. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand U.S. nuclear forces policy and the proposals for reductions.

Our panel made a critical review of the report and discussed its implications for U.S. nuclear weapons policy.

Panel

Douglas J. Feith Moderator

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, and Director, Center for National Security Strategies

John Harvey Panelist

Former Principal Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs

Ambassador Robert Joseph Panelist

Senior Scholar, National Institute for Public Policy

ADM Richard Miles, USN (ret) Panelist

Chairman, Strategic Advisory Group for the U.S. Strategic Command

Keith Payne Panelist

President, National Institute for Public Policy

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