H.A.S.C. No. 115-14: Nuclear Deterrence--the Defense Science Board's Perspective, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, March 9, 2017   [open pdf - 154KB]

This is the March 9, 2017 hearing on "Nuclear Deterrence--the Defense Science Board's Perspective," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Committee on Armed Services. From the joint statement: "The level of interest in nuclear weapons has grown with existing nuclear powers, who are modernizing their forces, and in some cases, expanding their capabilities both qualitatively and quantitatively, and with new or latent proliferators. Principal drivers include an affordable hedge against U.S. conventional superiority and a deterrent against regional actors that threaten their interests or sovereignty. In parallel, an aging nuclear force and enterprise to support it in the U.S. has forced the need for a modernization program of our own. The nation, DoD and DOE [Department of Energy] are stepping up to the commitment needed for modernization (with more focus required to hedging for future uncertainties), but the price to pay in both human resources and budget is substantial, given the more than two decades of neglect. Through its persistence over those decades, the DSB [Defense Science Board] has produced a compendium of findings and recommendations across the spectrum of contributors to deterrence that can provide a rapid head start for the re-learning that must take place". Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Miriam John, Michael Anastasio, and William LaPlante

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