Bob Gates looks for continuity


If a forthcoming Foreign Affairs article, authored by the outgoing/incoming Secretary of State for Defense is anything to go by, it will be business as usual at the Pentagon... or Obama and his White House staff can look forward to a rocky relationship with his Defense Secretary. Following up on his speech to the Carnegie Endowment in November, where he suggested the US faces a choice between more nuclear testing or introducing an Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program, Gates again endorses an RRW as essential for the US. He says the US must be ready to maintain a credible strategic deterrent all the while any other states possess the bomb. Throughout the article, talking about Iraq, Afghanistan, and future capabilities, his operation appears stuck in the mode of maintaining dominance, nuclear and conventional.

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  • Paul Ingram, Executive Director has been with BASIC since 2002 and been executive director since 2007. Paul has authored a number of BASIC's reports and briefings covering a variety of nuclear and non-nuclear issues..
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