NSWG member Lt. Gen. Arlen “Dirk” Jameson (Ret.), former Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff of U.S. Strategic Command, recently wrote a piece featured in the Austin Statesman commending Congressman Michael McCaul for introducing bipartisan legislation recommending the extension of the New START Treaty. Jameson lives in the Texas 10th Congressional District represented by Mr. McCaul.
Jameson writes that “[l]eadership on this issue strengthens our nuclear deterrent, limits Russia’s arsenal and verifies Russia’s continued compliance with its arms control obligations,” and that “[t]his requires strong, bipartisan leadership in Congress—both in terms of supporting arms control measures that keep verifiable limits on our adversaries and in modernizing our own deterrent. These efforts go hand-in-hand. I am confident that other members of Congress and government officials will follow your example improving U.S. national security.” You can find General Jameson’s full piece here.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), together with Ranking Member McCaul (R-TX) introduced the “Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian Nuclear Forces” act on May 7th, in memoriam of the two recently departed Congressional leaders in nuclear security. The bill calls upon the President to extend the Treaty until 2026, and is available here.