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:
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