Thursday, April 8, 2010

Op-Ed by Vice President Joe Biden: “A Comprehensive Nuclear Arms Strategy”

Op-Ed by Vice President Joe Biden: “A Comprehensive Nuclear Arms Strategy”
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Following the release of yesterday's updated Nuclear Posture Review, Vice President Joe Biden published an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times, discussing the U.S.'s new comprehensive nuclear arms strategy:


When I joined the Senate in 1973, crafting nuclear policy meant mastering arcane issues like nuclear stability and deterrence theory. With the end of the Cold War and a new relationship between our country and Russia, thankfully these subjects no longer dominate public discourse. Today, the danger of deliberate, global nuclear war has all but disappeared, but the nuclear threats we face from terrorists and non-nuclear states seeking to acquire such weapons are graver than ever.

On Tuesday, President Obama took an important step toward addressing these threats by releasing a plan that will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy while ensuring that our nuclear arsenal remains safe, secure and effective for as long as it is needed. The Nuclear Posture Review outlines a strategy, supported unanimously by the national security cabinet, for greater security from nuclear dangers and implements the agenda that President Obama first outlined in Prague just over a year ago to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to pursue the peace and security of a world without them.

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