A New Look at No First Use
On April 4, 2008, the Stanley Foundation’s US Nuclear Policy Review project gathered a group of nuclear experts to discuss whether the United States should adopt a policy of never using nuclear weapons first in a conflict.

The 2001 Nuclear Posture Review sparked a widespread perception that the United States has lowered the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.

But does the United States need nuclear weapons for anything other than to respond to a nuclear attack? What would be the costs and benefits of explicitly adopting a no-first-use posture? These and related doctrinal issues are discussed in this Policy Dialogue Brief.

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