Department of Defense Nuclear Acquisition Programs and the Nuclear Doctrine, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 9, 2016   [open pdf - 289KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 9, 2016 hearing on "Department of Defense Nuclear Acquisition Programs and the Nuclear Doctrine" before the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. From the statement of Robert Scher: "Russia has undertaken aggressive actions in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine, and adopted a pattern of reckless nuclear posturing and coercive threats. Russia remains in violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and remains unwilling to join us in discussing further reductions in strategic nuclear weapons below the limits of the New START [Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty] Treaty. China continues its rise in the Asia-Pacific, where we continue our rebalance to maintain regional stability. China continues to introduce qualitative advances into its nuclear capabilities. North Korea--a threat to both us and our allies--just conducted its fourth nuclear test and conducted a space launch. As we work to counter Iran's malign influence against our friends and allies in the Middle East, we must also prevent Iran from reversing course on its commitments under the nuclear deal. Finally, denying terrorists access to nuclear weapons and weapon-usable materials is an absolute imperative in the ongoing fight to defeat terrorism." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert M. Scher, Arthur T. Hopkins, Terry J. Benedict, and Robin Rand.

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