By Lt. General Robert Gard and Sarah Tully
In 2009, President Barack Obama made an impassioned speech in Prague, laying out his nuclear security agenda. In it, he stated “clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Six years later, Obama’s nuclear security legacy hangs in the balance. Parts of his legacy are in limbo: the budget cuts on nuclear non-proliferation programs and the administration’s massive plans to modernize the aging nuclear weapons force. But perhaps the most controversial aspect of that modernization effort is the administration’s plan to build a new nuclear cruise missile that is expensive, unnecessary and inconsistent with the president’s stated policy.