Military policy makers seem to ignore steps that could immediately lower the risk of the use of nuclear weapons by accident, design or madness and actually believe that by making the weapons more usable and “safe, secure, and reliable” we become safer and more secure. We do not agree and for that reason advocate immediate modest steps to lower the risk of use. Pledges to never use them first is such a policy shift.
Further, new thinking to meet today’s rapidly accelerating changes is needed. A sober analysis by Ward Wilson of the current situation of nuclear disarmament advocacy is worth serious consideration and below please note links to a book by Ambassador James Goodby, a member of GSI’s Nonpartisan Security Group, and a sophisticated article by Professor Martin Hellman of Stanford which both set forth approaches for progress.