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U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy: Considering 'No First Use' [Updated October 13, 2021]   [open pdf - 679KB]

From the Document: "The Biden Administration began [hyperlink] its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) in July 2021 and expects to complete the study in early 2021. The NPR is likely to include a review of U.S. declaratory policy--the statements the United States makes about when, how, and why it might use nuclear weapons to deter adversaries and reassure U.S. allies of its commitment to their defense--with a focus on whether the United States should pledge never to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict. President Biden has spoken [hyperlink], in the past, about his support for a 'sole purpose' [hyperlink] policy for nuclear weapons, which some see as similar to a 'no first use' pledge. Some in Congress support [hyperlink] such a pledge, but others have insisted [hyperlink] that it would undermine the U.S. commitment to extend deterrence to allies."

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CRS Insight, IN10553
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2021-10-13
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