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Top general opposes U.S. plan for ‘no first use’ nuclear doctrine

Top general opposes shift to ‘no first use’ nuclear doctrine  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/14/dunford-oppose-shift-no-first-use-nuclear-doctrine/  – The Washington Times – Thursday, March 14, 2019

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came out forcefully against a change in U.S. military policy which say the U.S. would not be the first to use nuclear weapons on a conflict with an adversary.

The “no first use” policy has been embraced by several Democratic candidates running for president in 2020, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who co-sponsored a bill in January that would establish in law that the U.S. would not be the first to use nuclear weapons.

But Gen. Joseph Dunford told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday that “I absolutely believe that the current policy is the right policy.”

The Pentagon has long resisted adopting a blanket “no first use” doctrine in its nuclear strategy.

“I wouldn’t make any decisions to simplify an adversary’s decision-making calculus,” Gen. Dunford told lawmakers. “I can also imagine a few situations where we wouldn’t want to remove that option from the president.”

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March 16, 2019 - Posted by | politics international, United Arab Emirates, weapons and war

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