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The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) advances U.S. national interests when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons.
The bill prohibits elimination of the nuclear triad and limits availability of funds for further nuclear reductions. The President’s previous arms control treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), requires the United States to spend millions of dollars reducing its nuclear weapons and complying with the treaty. It is only prudent to wait and assess the effects of the reductions under New START before conducting yet another round of unilateral nuclear weapons reductions, because the treaty does not provide for predictability, and its degraded verification regime makes it more difficult to assess Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilities. In addition, Russia is in violation of its arms control obligations.
The President stated last year in South Korea that the U.S. already has more nuclear weapons than it needs. This statement was not backed by a sound analysis of the current world and U.S. deterrence requirements. In fact, his plans remain opaque.Continue reading on blog.heritage.org