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Obama administration weighs the future of America's nuclear arsenal

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The United States has long been the premier nuclear power in the world. With the Cold War over, however, does maintaining and upgrading America’s aging nuclear arsenal make sense?

In a major 2009 speech in Prague, President Obama promised to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in America’s national security strategy. The White House and the Pentagon are now reviewing proposals that would reduce our stockpile by as much as 80 percent. Yet some argue that America’s nuclear deterrent is still crucial to our national security, especially with the nuclear posturing of countries like Iran and North Korea.

Jeffrey Lewis is with the Monterey Institute of International Studies and founder of the blog armscontrolwonk.comElbridge Colby is a former Defense Department staffer and currently a research analyst for the Center for Naval Analyses. They discuss the future of America's nuclear weapons arsenal and take listeners' calls. To join the conversation, call 312-923-9239.

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