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What sort of narrative defines the American experience with nuclear weapons? National security expert Joe Cirincione argues that it is not a triumph, but a tragedy. Cirincione meets with Gretchen Hund, former Director of PNNL’s Center for Global Security, for a conversation about the history and consequences of US nuclear policy and the serious challenges we face today. Together they examine the contending approaches to Iran, North Korea, and Russia—and outline the consequences of the $2 trillion plan for a new generation of nuclear weapons, including the new nuclear-armed submarines at King’s Bay. They will also discuss how COVID-19 may impact current defense priorities. Sit in as Cirincione and Hund guide us through the paradoxes and pitfalls of U.S. nuclear policy, and the moral costs of our search for security in the atomic age.
Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He is also the host of Press The Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear policy and national security. Cirincione is the author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats.
Gretchen Hund is the former Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security. In that role, Hund convened experts to identify and investigate emerging threats that are not in the mainstream of current debate but believed to have grave consequences. She assisted in translating technical detail into digestible information that decision makers can use in setting policy.
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