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."