June 21, 2013
- reducing nuclear stockpiles enough to matter;
- banning testing;
- halting fissile material production;
- preventing nuclear proliferation and use;
- pursuing diplomacy with Iran and North Korea; and
- resolving key security challenges to create conditions for a world without nuclear weapons.
“Today, the President announced new guidance that aligns US nuclear policies to the 21st century security environment.”
“This is the latest in a series of concrete steps the President has made to advance his Prague agenda and the long-term goal of achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
- maintaining “a credible deterrent;”
- aligning America’s military deterrent according to 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) provisions; more on them below;
- strengthening non-nuclear capabilities;
- “reduc(ing) the role of launch under attack (while) retain(ing) a launch under attack capability;”
- achieving “more effective management of the nuclear weapons stockpile;” and
- “maintain(ing) a safe, secure and effective arsenal that guarantees the defense of the US and our allies and partners.”
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It prioritizes upgrading America’s destructive triad.
Reinstituting the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty isn’t envisioned. It was in force for 30 years. In 2002, Bush administration rogues unilaterally withdrew. America remains unconstrained to wage war.
NPR 2010 states America “reserves the right” to use nuclear weapons “that may be warranted by the evolution and proliferation of the biological weapons threat and US capacities to counter that threat.”
Bush’s December 2002 National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) 17 (“Weapons of Mass Destruction)” remains unchanged. It states:
“The United States will continue to make clear that it reserves the right to respond with overwhelming force ~ including through resort to all of our options ~ to the use (or threatened use) of WMD(s) against the United States, our forces abroad, and friends and allies.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin added:
“How can we take seriously this idea about cuts in strategic nuclear potential while the United States is developing its capabilities to intercept Russia’s nuclear potential.”
“To show the lack of understanding of this (by proposing further nuclear cuts) ~ means either openly lying, bluffing and deceiving, or demonstrating a deep lack of professionalism.”
“We cannot afford to disrupt the balance of the system of strategic deterrence, to reduce effectiveness of its nuclear forces. Therefore, the development of the system of space defense will remain a key direction for the military industry.”
“These weapons are approaching the level of strategic nuclear arms in terms of their strike capability,” said Putin. “States possessing such weapons strongly increase their offensive potential.”
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com