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.
Stimson held an event on Capitol Hill featuring former Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, former Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt and Stimson Co-founder Barry Blechman, who 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.
Drawing on the Committee’s recent report, Strategic Agility, this event will bring a wealth of national security expertise to offer a clear-eyed perspective on how policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic should approach decisions about US tactical nuclear weapons.
Congressman Jim Cooper provided some opening remarks.
Here’s video from the full event: