An “expanded nuclear capability” would be enormously expensive, internationally destabilizing, and deeply threatens U.S. national security.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC – Today, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he would like to “strengthen and expand” U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities. John Tierney, the Executive Director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and a former 18-year Member of Congress, commented:
“It is dangerous for the President-elect to use just 140 characters and announce a major change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy, which is nuanced, complex, and affects every single person on this planet. Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a bipartisan consensus that there should be a reduction in the reliance on nuclear weapons in U.S. defense policy and a decrease in the overall stockpile of nuclear warheads. Calling for an expanded nuclear arsenal shatters that consensus, would likely place the U.S. in violation of a key arms control treaty with Russia, and would almost surely lead to a new nuclear arms race.”
“Building more nuclear weapons or increasing nuclear explosive power sends a message to the rest of the world that nonproliferation is no longer a key goal of the United States. It would also increase the chances of a catastrophic nuclear accident or exchange. The potential consequences of changing U.S. nuclear weapons policy so drastically are simply unimaginable.”
“Current plans already call for spending $1 trillion over the next three decades to modernize and maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal, which the Pentagon has expressed concern about being able to afford. The President-elect will have to explain why any increase is necessary both financially and strategically.”
Congressman John Tierney is available for further comment and broadcast bookings by contacting Hazel Correa at 202.546.0795 X 2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation is a national non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to enhancing peace and security through expert policy analysis and thought-provoking research. Since 1980, the Center’s expertise on reducing the threats of war and nuclear weapons has been sought by the media and policymakers – supported by the tax-deductible contributions of foundations and individuals. www.ArmsControlCenter.org.