By William J. Perry & James R. Schlesinger
The release last week of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review brings long overdue attention to the vital issue of U.S. strategic posture. Issues raised in the NPR and START have reinvigorated a crucial national nuclear dialogue that has been missing.
As the chairman and vice chairman of Congress’s bipartisan Strategic Posture Commission, which issued its report last May, we have watched with great interest the administration’s steady progress this past year on its Nuclear Posture Review and the START negotiations.
Themes from our report run through the Nuclear Posture Review and are embodied in the new START agreement. While debate and disagreement must be part of the crossfire in this renewed nuclear dialogue, we want to emphasize important dimensions of both the Posture Review and START treaty that figure prominently in our bipartisan report.