No First Use

JHI on the Issues 2016: Moving from a Policy of Ambiguity to Nuclear “No First Use?”

JHI on the Issues 2016:  Moving from a Policy of Ambiguity to Nuclear “No First Use?”

Trump rightly pointed out Russia’s continued investment in its nuclear arsenal and the need for the United States to invest much more seriously in the aging U.S. nuclear force. And, although Trump has made clear his personal aversion to the thought of nuclear war, he emphasized the critical point that as president, it is vital to maintain optimum flexibility and maximize options in order to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent to prevent enemies from attacking the United States or its allies, regardless of whether the attack is nuclear or conventional in nature.