Why is it
The use of a single nuclear weapon would cause untold damage. Thousands of nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Russia remain on hair-trigger alert, increasing the possibility of accidental or inadvertent use or rapid escalation of a conflict.
What needs to
To reduce the risks of accidental nuclear war or unwanted nuclear escalating in a crisis, nuclear forces must be taken of hair-trigger alert.
Policies of nuclear weapons, such as, no-first-use, that reduce the role of nuclear weapons should be pursued. Likewise, the use and possession of nuclear weapons should be further delegitimized.
Cooperative warning systems and procedures need to be established to reassure all countries that they will not be subjected to a surprise nuclear attack. States that fear such an attack may be prone to dangerously skittish behavior.
Who is working on it?
Lawyers Alliance for World Security
Back from the Brink
Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Princeton University
Federation of American Scientists