Since the end of the Cold War, the strategic value of US nuclear weapons has fallen, while new threats—such as emerging states and terrorism—have become pressing modern issues.
The United States should adopt a “no-first-use policy” in which the United States declares it will never use nuclear weapons first. For the United States to start a nuclear war would only increase the chances that nuclear weapons would be used against America.
The United States should also remove rapid-launch options, and eliminate preset targeting plans.
Doing so would reduce the risk of accidents, while providing an improved political foundation for pursuing stockpile reductions abroad.