Conventional military forces are more than sufficient to protect America and its allies’ security with only one exception. Nuclear forces are required to deter nuclear attacks on this country and the other nations to whom we are pledged to defend from nuclear attack.
But what is required for deterrence? One hundred nuclear weapons could kill hundreds of millions of people in any nation. The close to 2,000 weapons now in the U.S. nuclear inventory would obliterate any adversary, and most of the world, as well. Still, like all of us, weapons age and require replacement parts. The question is how fast and to what extent we should replace existing nuclear forces.
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