As with prior administrations, the Biden administration is preparing to undertake a major review of the U.S. strategic nuclear modernization program. Though the U.S. arsenal has decreased in accordance with the New START treaty, new delivery systems are still being developed.
Supporters of the current program argue that implementation is critical for the United States’ ability to deter adversaries and reassure allies. Opponents argue that the current program is well in excess of deterrence requirements and is not affordable over the long term. During the review period, Congress will examine the current program as well as requested funding for these systems.
On Thursday, March 4, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a panel to discuss how the Biden administration will – and should – approach negotiations regarding the future of the strategic modernization program.
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PanelistMadelyn R. Creedon Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology