10 Big Nuclear Ideas Launch Event

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We released our new report, "10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President" at an event broadcast on Facebook via livestream. At this event, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:45pm ET / 9:45 am PT, these ideas were discussed by people in the report and others, details below.

You will not want to miss this event. 

This was recorded Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 12:45pm ET / 9:45 am PT. 

All times ET and pm.

12:45-12:50 Opening remarks by Joe Cirincione
12:50-1:20 Tom Countryman - The Obama Legacy
1:20-1:50 Congressman John Garamendi
1:50-2:20 Todd Harrison - The Budget Forecast

2:20-3:30 Panel Discussion

2:20-2:45 Introduction of the report and panel - Valerie Plame
  Ellen Tauscher
  Kennette Benedict
  Suzanne DiMaggio
2:45-3:30 Q&A


We have assembled the best ideas from some of American's leading thinkers on nuclear policy. At this special Washington, DC event, we released a new report, “10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President." Learn more about what these innovative thinkers — from Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry to former CIA operative Valerie Plame and the former commander of our nuclear arsenal, retired Gen. James Cartwright — have to say about finding saner nuclear policies that make America and the world safer. Read the report: "10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President." (pdf)

Nuclear weapons are vastly overvalued in US defense policy, with missions they cannot achieve and budgets they do not deserve. These weapons do not address the highest priority threats we face, such as nuclear proliferation, terrorism and cyber-attacks. We would be safer in a world without them. We hope you are able to tune in next week to find out more about what we are doing.

The report has a foreword by Sen. Edward J. Markey and introduction by Tom Z. Collina. Authors and topics include:

Valerie Plame: Break with Cold War Thinking
Gen. James Cartwright, USMC, Ret.: Reduce the US Nuclear Arsenal, with or without Russia
Fmr. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry: Phase Out America’s ICBMs
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Smith: Cancel the New Nuclear Cruise Missile
Kennette Benedict: Add Democracy to Nuclear Policy
Steve Andreasen and Isabelle Williams: Bring Home US Tactical Nuclear Weapons from Europe
Tytti Erästö: Press Pause on Missile Defense in Europe
Suzanne DiMaggio: Learn from Iran, Engage North Korea
Frank von Hippel: Ban Production of Highly Enriched Uranium
Beatrice Fihn: Support a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Photo: LGM-118A Peacekeeper missile system being tested at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. "This is a long exposure photo showing the paths of the multiple re-entry vehicles deployed by the missile. One Peacekeeper can hold up to 10 nuclear warheads, each independently targeted. Were the warheads armed with a nuclear payload, each would carry with it the explosive power of twenty-five Hiroshima-sized weapons which is equivalent to around 400 kilotons of TNT." David James Paquin (attributed), public domain

Launch event: "10 Big Nuclear Ideas for the Next President" watch video here.

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