Panel warns of weakness in US nuclear deterrent

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Neglect of the US nuclear mission at the highest levels of the Pentagon has weakened confidence in the nation’s ability to deter other countries from using atomic weapons, a top-level panel warned Thursday.James Schlesinger, a former defense secretary who headed the panel, expressed concern that loss of confidence could tempt countries that rely on the US nuclear umbrella for protection to develop their own nuclear arms.

“The strength of the US nuclear umbrella, the credibility of that umbrella is a principle barrier to proliferation,” he said.


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