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Last Call! Obama’s Final Actions on Nuclear Weapons

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

At the beginning of his presidency, President Obama gave a soaring speech in Prague, promising that the US will “put an end to Cold War thinking” and “reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy.”

His record so far has been somewhat mediocre—but it’s not too late to make a little more progress. Obama could reduce the hedge stockpile of weapons the US keeps in storage, and the amount of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium that the US keeps in case it wants to build even more weapons. It’s surprising that he hasn’t already taken these incremental steps. But their incremental nature also means that the Trump administration is unlikely to object. Read more >

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Trimming the Fat: Obama and Nuclear Weapons Cuts

, physicist & co-director, Global Security

His advisors have apparently abandoned the idea of removing US land-based missiles from hair-trigger alert. Still on the table: cutting the US arsenal and stockpiles of weapon-usable materials. Read more >

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