U.S. Nuclear Strategy

As President Barack Obama considered options prepared by the Pentagon for the future size and composition of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the Global Zero U.S. Nuclear Policy Commission – chaired by former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General (Ret.) James E. Cartwright – issued a report calling for the U.S. and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenals 80% to 900 total weapons each. This bold step would pave the way to bringing other nuclear weapons countries into the first multilateral nuclear arms negotiations in history. The report, which outlines a detailed proposal for a modernized U.S. nuclear strategy, force structure and posture, received prominent coverage in leading outlets, the Financial Times concluding:

"Global Zero makes a good case for such a deep cut. An arsenal of 900 weapons would easily meet the reasonable need for mutual deterrence and vastly exceeds what is needed by either Washington or Moscow to deter third countries."
Shortly after the release of the report, The New York Times endorsed Global Zero's call to reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and urged members of Congress to get beyond "their cold war obsessions."
 
In July 2012, General Cartwright and Ambassador Thomas Pickering testified before the U.S. Senate regarding the report and the implications of its recommendations for the defense budget. Global Zero’s proposed strategy could save the United States up to $120 billion over the next 15 years while strengthening national security and paving the way for the first-in-history multilateral negotiations for the total elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. 
 
Senior Russian officials were briefed on this report in November 2012 at a Global Zero conference hosted jointly with the Russian International Affairs Council at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations.