Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2017   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the November 14, 2017 hearing on "Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Hon. Bob Corker: "A number of members on both sides of the aisle on and off the committee have raised questions about the executive's authorities with respect to war-making, the use of nuclear weapons, and, from a diplomatic perspective, entering into and terminating agreements with other countries. [...] Making the decision to go to war of any sort is a heavy responsibility for our Nation's elected leaders, and the decision to use nuclear weapons is the most consequential of all. The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 and the subsequent practices recognize that the use of nuclear weapons must be subject to political control. This is why no general or admiral or Defense Secretary has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. Only the President, the elected political leader of the United States, has this authority."

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Senate Hearing 115-439; S. Hrg. 115-439
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