H.A.S.C. No. 114-44: Update on Findings and Recommendations of the 2014 Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise Review: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 25, 2015 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the July 29, 2015 hearing "Potential Implications in the Region of the Iran Deal" held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the testimony of Subcommittee Chairwoman Vicky Hartzler: "Nuclear deterrence remains the foundation of national security for the United States and our allies. It is also fundamental to preserving international stability. Our nuclear deterrent not only keeps potential adversaries at bay, it also assures and comforts our allies. This central, but often not immediately visible role has prevented both nuclear war and large-scale conventional war between the world's great powers for 70 years. […] As the age of U.S. nuclear weapons increases and some of our bombers, submarines, and intercontinental missiles become older than the personnel who maintain and operate them, potential adversaries are fielding newer and more advanced nuclear arms. Many prospective foes are also making nuclear weapons more, not less, central to their national strategies. […] Not long ago, then-Secretary of Defense Hagel called on both internal and external teams of specialists to consider the various deep-seated problems confronting our nuclear enterprise. The report of the Nuclear Enterprise Review was sobering. It set forth many important recommendations to fix serious shortcomings which inhibited work of those at Whiteman Air Force Base and its Air Force and Navy counterparts in the ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] fields and across the submarine force. This afternoon, we will hear from the Defense Department's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation [CAPE] office." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Terry Benedict, Yisroel Brumer, Richard M. Clark, and Jack Weinstein.
H.A.S.C. No. 114-44; House Armed Services Committee No. 114-44
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