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Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Arsenal Downsizing: A Report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs
AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY NEW YORK
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There is a long history of US Presidents working to reduce the role and the spread of nuclear weapons. Most recently, President Obama voiced Americas commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons, while clarifying that as long as these weapons exist, the United States will maintain a safe, secure and effective arsenal. Science and technology ST will play a critical role in advancing the US plan to balance deterrence with downsizing the US nuclear arsenal. In particular, ST are essential to enable three key goals associated with this plan 1 verifying the process of downsizing and dismantling stockpiles 2 sustaining the capability and expertise to ensure that the remaining arsenal is safe, secure, reliable and effective for as long as is necessary and, 3 ensuring the peaceful use of fissile materials.
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