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Nuclear Posture Review

Rollout Briefing Part I

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
"The NPR provides a road map for implementing President Obama's agenda for reducing nuclear risks to the United States, our allies and partners and the international community. This review describes how the United States will reduce the role and numbers of nuclear weapons with a long-term goal of a nuclear-free world."

Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton

"We are recalibrating our priorities to prevent nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, and we are reducing the role and number of weapons in our arsenal, while maintaining a safe, secure and effective deterrent to protect our nation, allies and partners."

Energy Secretary
Steven Chu

"This report reflects the administration's understanding that the effort to reduce nuclear dangers will require an all-out government approach. It also reflects the president's commitment to addressing these issues in a way that improves security for the American people, our friends and allies around the world."

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
"The chiefs and I fully support the findings of this nuclear posture review, because we believe it provides us and our field commanders the opportunity to better shape our nuclear weapons posture, policies and force structure to meet an ever-changing security environment."

The Nuclear Posture Review is a legislatively-mandated review that establishes U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture for the next five to ten years.

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