U.S. considers sharp cuts to nuclear force [CBS News]
The Pentagon’s press secretary, George Little, declined to comment on specific force level options because they are classified. He said Obama had asked the Pentagon to develop several “alternative approaches” to nuclear deterrence.
President Obama made a specific request for this.
The potential cuts would be from a current treaty limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads.
A level of 300 deployed strategic nuclear weapons would take the U.S. back to levels not seen since 1950 when the nation was ramping up production in an arms race with the Soviet Union.
We are rolling back weaponry to 1950 levels?? Why?? Other countries are increasing arsenals and we are decreasing. Doesn’t make sense for someone supposedly acting in America’s interest. That’s an 80% cut. 80%!! Treaty levels with the Russians are at 1,550 – and they will maintain that. Hopefully this will not come to pass.