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Whose Finger Is on the Button? Nuclear Launch Authority in the United States and Other Nations

Union of Concerned Scientists | All Things Nuclear
November 13, 2017
By Eryn MacDonald

Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, and perhaps even more since Trump’s election, the media discovered a newfound interest in the minutiae of US nuclear policy. One question in particular has been asked over and over—can the president, with no one else to concur or even advise, order the use of US nuclear weapons? Most people have been shocked and somewhat horrified to find that there is a simple answer—yes.
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