U.S. Nuclear Weapons
Should the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program Stall in Light of World Proliferation Challenges?
With nuclear proliferation on the rise across the globe, including nations hostile to the U.S. and its allies, there is concern that the U.S. nuclear weapons program should remain a vital part of the country's defenses. According to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, there are 5 key recommendations that should be adopted by Congress to encourage nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.
1. Focus on the underlying reasons countries feel they need weapons of mass destruction. Why do they feel threatened to the point that possessing a nuclear weapons seems their only defense against their enemies.
2. Address the threat by terrorist organizations attempting to acquire nuclear weapons. Progress needs to be made on limiting access to the raw materials necessary to build a nuclear device.
3. Address the regional dimension of the nuclear proliferation problem. Steps need to be taken to deal with the regions of Iran, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.
4. Maintenance of the Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons arms control process. To this point, steps have continued toward the reduction of nuclear weapons on both sides. However, now that other smaller countries are gaining possession of nuclear weapons, the U.S. needs to consider more aggressively the implementation of missile defense systems to protect itself and its allies around the world.
5. Maintain high standards for the handling of fissile material and nuclear weapons. Control needs to remain in the hands of the two powers, the U.S. and Russia, to make sure other rogue nations do not obtain the materials necessary to develop nuclear devices.
Read more in the article, . More descriptive detail about the 5 steps necessary in controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons along with the current state of U.S. nuclear weapons is examined.