Joint Chiefs Chairman Opposes Nuclear Policy Change
Resistant to “no first use” doctrine
In testimony Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came out forcefully against a change in U.S. military policy by which the U.S. would not be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict with an adversary.
The “no first use” policy has been included in a bill introduced in January that would establish in law that policy change.
Dunford said, “I absolutely believe that the current policy is the right policy.” The Pentagon has long resisted adopting a blanket “no first use” doctrine in the nation’s nuclear strategy.
“I wouldn’t make any decisions to simplify an adversary’s decision-making calculus,” he told lawmakers. “I can also imagine a few situations where we wouldn’t want to remove that option from the president.”
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