Obama Ready To Cut Strategic Nuclear Arsenal 'By A Third' -- The Guardian
Report says the decision has been made, but not yet signed by the president
A report out today by the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington says that the Obama administration has made the decision that the US can make do with just two thirds of its current arsenal of deployed strategic nuclear warheads.
The current ceiling, agreed in the 2010 New Start Treaty with Russia, allows for 1550 of these warheads, consisting in the US case of Minuteman III missiles, submarine-launched Trident missiles and long-range bombers (the 'triad' of US deterrence). The new report says Obama will cut that to 1000-1,100 after an inter-agency review found it would not affect national security and save many billions of dollars.
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More News On The U.S. Administration's Decision To Cut U.S. Nuclear Forces By Half
Obama administration deliberating more cuts in nuclear weapons, sources say -- NBC
Report: White House set to cut nuclear arsenal by one-third -- The Hill
Nuclear Countdown? -- Mark Thompson, Time
WNU Editor: The Centre for Public Integrity in Washington report is here.