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Nuclear Deterrence: Still the Bedrock of US Security

The American Interest
April 6, 2017
By Ash Carter

Nuclear deterrence and the mission of those who work on the nuclear enterprise have never been far from my mind since I first worked in the Pentagon in 1981. In those Cold War days, when nuclear weapons and the need for deterrence often made newspapers headlines here and abroad, one of my first defense-related jobs was working as a physicist on missile defense and the then-current but infeasible Strategic Defense Initiative, and on basing options for the Missile Experimental (MX), which ultimately became the Peacekeeper ICBM. Later, after the end of the Cold War, I ran the Pentagonís Nunn-Lugar program, which removed and eliminated nuclear weapons in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.
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