Arms talk supports nuclear posture

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By Roger Snodgrass

O’Dean Judd, a former chief scientist of the Strategic Defense Initiative Missile Defense Program in Washington, D.C., pretty much took the “dis” out of “disarmament” in a talk on arms control Wednesday night.Speaking to the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security, the LANL fellow and wide-ranging technical expert, intelligence officer and policy advisor on modern weaponry delivered an analysis of how the military views its nuclear weapons options in the world today.“Are there realistic plans to achieve deep cuts in nuclear arms?” he asked.“I haven’t seen one. Everybody talks about it, but how would you do it?”Judd began with a reminder that the role of arms control could only be understood by considering the nation’s military requirements in relation to the global “threat landscape.”“You try to define upcoming threats. You say, ‘What is in that landscape and how do you configure your arms to deal with it,’” Judd said.That landscape has grown more complicated in recent years, not only because of countries like North Korea, India and Pakistan, that have been added to the list of nuclear weapons states, but also because more countries are trying to acquire the capability.

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