Ashton B. Carter speaks at the Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Carter at the Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium at National Defense University
By Ashton B. Carter
U.S. Department of Defense

“As the Soviet Union disintegrated, they realized before anyone else that the danger of a Soviet nuclear attack was being replaced by a new and unprecedented danger:  the possibility that its nuclear arsenal might fall into entirely new and unaccustomed hands.  Instantaneous proliferation on a massive scale and worse, and totally new, the specter of nukes falling into sub-state, even terrorist hands — events for which deterrence would not offer protection.”

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