Benefit or Burden? The Future of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons
|Date||January 16, 2014|
|Location||Rayburn House Office Building|
After years of contentious debate within NATO about the presence of American nuclear weapons in Europe, the United States faces a critical decision about whether to spend billions of increasingly scarce defense dollars on the upgrades needed to keep these weapons in service.
Congressman Jim Cooper provided opening remarks, then former Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, former Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt and Stimson Co-founder Barry Blechman discussed the logic for and the military and diplomatic utility of these weapons and explain why they joined 15 other distinguished defense thinkers on the Peterson Defense Advisory Committee in calling for reductions in tactical nuclear weapons.
Here is a video of the full event: