Aaron SteinAn Expensive Burden: Nuclear Weapons in Europe

Are NATO based nuclear weapons an advantage in a dangerous world? Or are they an expensive and obsolete weapon that undermine NATO burden sharing? Is NATO divided about US nuclear weapons in Europe? Are the weapons secure? Are Euro-Hippies a threat to world peace?

Today, Jeffrey and Aaron discuss Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley, and Frank Miller’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post about US nuclear weapons based in Europe.

Jeffrey and Aaron discussed a number of articles, videos, and images during the podcast:

Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley, and Frank Miller, “NATO-based nuclear weapons are an advantage in a dangerous world,” The Washington Post, August 17, 2014.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Activists Breach Security at Kleine Brogel,” Arms Control Wonk, February 4, 2010.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Yes, It’s the Other Area,” Arms Control Wonk, February 6, 2010.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Another Kleine Brogel Bombspotting,” Arms Control Wonk,  October 8, 2010.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Release the Hounds!,” Arms Control Wonk,  October 22, 2010.

Jeffrey Lewis, “Security Lapse at Volkel,” Arms Control Wonk,  March 24, 2014.

Jeffrey Lewis, “A Steal at $10 Billion,Foreign Policy, September 5, 2012.

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  1. Jon (History)

    I think we can rely on our strategic deterrent and remove b61 bombs from forward deployment in Europe and Turkey. Perhaps if we do this, we can help bring Russia back to INF compliance. Furthermore, we can save defense dollars by not making the F-35A nuclear capable and instead rely on penetrating heavy bombers. But I think the B61-12 program is still a good idea as long as the B83-1 is retired.

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