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NSWG Member Peter Huessy outlines what he calls the “Seven Deadly Nuclear Sins,” or misconceptions about US and Russian nuclear planning. These include claims that US nuclear weapons are set to launch on warning (LOW) of an adversarial first strike, or that conventional weapons can be substituted for nuclear arms. 

“An informed debate about our nuclear deterrent policy is welcome, especially on an issue that is so critical to the nation’s security. Unfortunately, too much of today’s nuclear debate is characterized by critics of our nuclear deterrent policy endlessly repeating what I call the “seven deadly nuclear sins.”

These are commonly held assumptions about our nuclear policy that turn out to be largely mythical; nonetheless, because they are so often repeated by a misinformed media, they tend to drive the debate.
What are they?”

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Originally published in The Hill.