President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons, & More from CRS

By Steven Aftergood The President’s authority to use nuclear weapons — which is the subject of a congressional hearing today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — was addressed in several recent publications of the Congressional Research Service. A new CRS Legal Sidebar addresses the unresolved question: Can Congress Limit the President’s Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons? A detailed new CRS memorandum examines “Legislation Limiting the President’s Power to Use Nuclear Weapons: Separation of Powers Implications.” See also Defense Primer: President’s Constitutional Authority with Regard to the Armed Forces, CRS In Focus. The uncertain scope of presidential authority to…

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UK hosts international nuclear disarmament verification exercise

The UK has successfully hosted an innovative international nuclear disarmament verification exercise between nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states. Experts from Norway, Sweden and the United States travelled to join UK experts from the Atomic Weapons Establishment at RAF Honington, Suffolk where the exercise, named ‘Letterpress’, took place. The first of its kind, the exercise began to address the greatest technical obstruction to nuclear disarmament – the absence of an established or agreed process of checking the dismantlement of a nuclear weapon. Letterpress is part of an ongoing arms control research…

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