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former Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration
March 7, 2018
Trump, Clinton and Our Nuclear Wake-Up Call

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This op-ed originally appeared in CNN.

Kingston Reif is the Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @KingstonAReif. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)The possibility of Donald Trump winning the presidential election this November has renewed media and public interest in one of the most important responsibilities of the president: commanding America's massive nuclear arsenal and averting nuclear war.

Yet what has been lost in the angst that Mr. Trump might soon have the authority to launch nuclear weapons is the equally unnerving reality that the U.S. nuclear posture is already unnecessarily dangerous and redundant. Neither Trump nor Hillary Clinton have explained how they would seek to put U.S. doctrine on a safer footing and reduce global nuclear weapons risks.
    Last week, much to the concern of the Washington national security community, it was reported that Trump allegedly asked an anonymous foreign-policy expert multiple times why, if the United States has nuclear weapons, it couldn't use them...
     
     
    To read the full op-ed, visit CNN.com.