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ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama It's Time to De-Alert All Nuclear Weapons


October 30, 2010
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The US and Russia maintain about 1,000 nuclear weapons each on hair-trigger alert, ready to fire within moments of an order. This Cold War posture is outdated and extremely dangerous. Please take a moment write the president and ask him to take a bold step forward by working with Russian President Medvedev to de-alert US and Russian nuclear arsenals and declare a policy of No First Use.

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Tell President Obama It's Time to De-Alert All Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The United States and Russia maintain about 1,000 nuclear weapons each on hair-trigger alert, ready to fire within moments of an order. This Cold War posture is outdated and extremely dangerous. The chances of a nuclear weapons launch due to accident or miscalculation are vastly increased by maintaining a hair-trigger alert policy.

Please take a moment to “>write to President Obama today and ask him to take a bold step forward by working with Russian President Medvedev to de-alert US and Russian nuclear arsenals and declare a policy of No First Use.

Such a combination of de-alerting and a No First Use policy would send a powerful message that the US and Russia are deemphasizing the role of nuclear weapons in their security policies. These are important steps on the path to complete nuclear disarmament and would aid in non-proliferation efforts.

The Senate will soon consider ratification of the New START agreement with Russia to limit the number of deployed strategic nuclear weapons on each side. While this debate occurs in the Senate, tell President Obama to think about the next steps he can take to reduce the nuclear threat.

The United States and Russia maintain about 1,000 nuclear weapons each on hair-trigger alert, ready to fire within moments of an order. This Cold War posture is outdated and extremely dangerous. The chances of a nuclear weapons launch due to accident or miscalculation are vastly increased by maintaining a hair-trigger alert policy.

Please take a moment to write to President Obama today and ask him to take a bold step forward by working with Russian President Medvedev to de-alert US and Russian nuclear arsenals and declare a policy of No First Use.

THE LETTER
While the Senate is considering ratification of New START, I encourage you to begin thinking about the next steps you can take to reduce the nuclear threat. In my opinion, the most immediate threat comes from our continued policy of maintaining hundreds of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert, ready to fire within minutes of an order.

I ask you to take a bold step forward toward a world free of nuclear weapons by working with President Medvedev to de-alert US and Russian nuclear arsenals and declare a policy of No First Use.

Such a combination of de-alerting and a No First Use policy would send a powerful message that the US and Russia are deemphasizing the role of nuclear weapons in their security policies. These are important steps on the path to complete nuclear disarmament and would aid in non-proliferation efforts.

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