ADVISORY: Options for the Trump Nuclear Posture Review

Washington, D.C. — Amid rising geopolitical competition with Russia, China, and North Korea, the Trump administration is engaged in a sweeping review of U.S. nuclear policy. Officials have signaled that they are reconsidering some of the fundamental constraints that have limited nuclear competition, including whether to authorize a major expansion of the nuclear arsenal and whether to acknowledge the U.S. commitment to pursue nuclear disarmament under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The effort comes as advocates in Washington are pushing new types of nuclear weapons as a way of winning what many see as a new arms race. Meanwhile, the costs of updating and operating the nuclear arsenal are on the rise and are now projected to reach $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years.

On Thursday, July 20, the Center for American Progress will host Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and a panel of experts to preview the options and consequences of the upcoming nuclear posture review and recommend a sustainable way forward. Topics discussed will include whether new types of nuclear weapons are necessary to meet today’s threats; whether the cost of nuclear modernization is sustainable; and how these efforts will affect the unsettled Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime.

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WHO:

Welcoming remarks:
Vikram Singh, vice president of national security and international policy, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Distinguished panelists:
Laicie Heeley, fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program, Stimson Center
Simon Limage, former deputy assistant secretary for nonproliferation programs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State
Brian McKeon, former acting under secretary of defense for policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Moderator:
Adam Mount, senior fellow, Center for American Progress

WHEN:

Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. ET – 11:15 a.m. ET

WHERE:

Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW
10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202.478.6327.