The road to American nuclear disarmament begins with the generals
"Two years ago, a quartet of senior US statesmen – George Schultz, William Perry, Henry Kissinger and Sam Nunn – shocked the world when they called for a 'world free of nuclear weapons.' During the heat of the presidential campaign, then-senator Barack Obama explicitly endorsed the goal of the 'four wise-men,' and pledged as president to 'make the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide a central element of US nuclear policy.'
As any rationale for maintaining an oversized nuclear arsenal – including 450 long-range missiles on hair-trigger alert – further erodes, the goal of nuclear disarmament has spread within the United States from a narrow sliver of left-leaning arms-control activists to a broader bipartisan consensus. One crucially important community, however, has yet to offer its expert judgment:"