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Should the President Have Sole Authority to Launch a Nuclear Attack? In the Age of Trump, Experts Offer an Alternate Plan

, senior writer

More than a million people in Hawaii thought it was time to say their final alohas. A state cellphone alert announced that nuclear missiles were heading their way. “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii,” the January 6 text read. “Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” Read more >

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Hyping US Missile Defense Capabilities Could Have Grave Consequences

, senior writer

During a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity about the threat posed by a potential North Korean nuclear strike, the President declared that the United States has “missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time.” The facts, however, tell a different story. Read more >

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We Visualized the US Nuclear Arsenal. It’s Not Pretty.

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

International security experts often refer to the twin goals of military policy: to minimize the risk of war and to minimize the damage should war start.

Because nuclear weapons are so destructive, the goal must be to eliminate—and not just minimize—the risk of nuclear war, which will require eliminating nuclear weapons. Read more >

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We’ve Said It, the Post Says It, Now SciAm Too: Take Weapons Off Alert

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

In the March 2017 issue of Scientific American, the editorial board calls for the United States to take its nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert as a way to reduce the risk of mistaken or accidental launch of nuclear weapons. Read more >

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What’s the Skinny on President Trump’s Skinny Budget? All Bark, No Bite

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

It’s alarming to read headlines like: “EPA budget may be cut by 25% under Trump;” “DOE targeted for massive cuts in Trump draft budget;” “White House proposes steep cut to leading climate science agency;”and  “Trump wants 37% cut to State, USAID.” But if you find yourself getting swept up in the hysteria, just remember that the president doesn’t rule by fiat; he’s president, not emperor.

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