BOMBS     AWAY!

Newsletter of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy
Fall 2000 Vol. 13, No.1

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US Elections
Saving the NPT
ICC & Nuclear Weapons
2000 NPT Review
Millennium Summit
Direct Action/Resist. Cases
Marshall Islands
Middle Powers Initiative
The Uppsala Conference
Notes of a Barefoot Diplomat
Letters to NY Times
Canada Tour
NZ Considers Nuclear Ban
CD Deadlock Continues
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Vol. 13,  No. 1,  Fall 2000

BOMBS AWAY!  is the newsletter of the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP), a non-profit organization that engages in legal and policy advocacy in support of nuclear disarmament in national and international settings.

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US Elections

by John Burroughs


In a May press conference, George W. Bush criticized the Clinton Administration for remaining "locked in a Cold War mentality", said "the United States should remove as many [nuclear] weapons as possible from high-alert, hair-trigger status [which] may create unacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch", and stated he would "pursue the lowest possible number [of nuclear weapons] consistent with our national security" regardless of the size of the Russian arsenal. "Our mutual security need no longer depend on a nuclear balance of terror," Bush averred.

However, Bush also said that the extent of reduction would depend upon an assessment by the Pentagon. The Pentagon has always found it "needs" very large numbers, and future requirements for the START process are currently set at a minimum of 2000-2500 deployed strategic (long-range) warheads, plus thousands more tactical (short-range), spare, and reserve units. At present the United States has about 7,000 deployed strategic warheads, scheduled for reduction to 6,000 when START I is fully implemented. Absent Senate approval of START II, Congress has also purported to bar the president from deploying nuclear forces at levels lower than those authorized by START I.

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