Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs, Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Hearing on Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for Nuclear Forces and Atomic Energy Defense Activities, June 10, 2021 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the June 10, 2021 hearing on "Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for Nuclear Forces and Atomic Energy Defense Activities," held before the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Melissa Dalton: "[T]he United States today faces a complex global threat environment characterized by increasingly sophisticated and militarily capable strategic competitors, destabilizing regional dynamics, and accelerating technological changes that pose significant dangers. China is rapidly becoming more capable and assertive, and concerns regarding its nuclear modernization and expansion are increasing. Russia's comprehensive modernization of its nuclear capabilities, over 80 percent complete, includes the addition of new dual-capable systems that threaten the United States and its allies and partners. We are confronted with multifaceted deterrence challenges across domains from both competitors, which add increased escalation risks, all making deterrence more challenging. And strategic risks emanating from both North Korea and Iran add significant complications to the strategic threat picture. For these reasons, nuclear deterrence remains the Department's highest priority mission, but more is needed to confront these growing, multifaceted threats." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Melissa Dalton, James C. Dawkins Jr., Charles P. Verdon, and Johnny R. Wolfe Jr.
H.A.S.C. No. 117-42; House Armed Services Committee No. 117-42
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