Lots of Hedging, Little Leading: An Analysis of the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission Report

by Hans M. Kristensen and Ivan Oelrich

Among the flood of security policy reports issued in recent months, one of the most
anticipated has been the one from the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture
of the United States.1 The panel, which Congress established last year, is a bipartisan, 12-member group of policy veterans, headed by former Secretaries of Defense William Perry, the commission’s chairman, and James Schlesinger, the vice chairman.

The report, released May 6, is supposed to help guide the Obama administration’s Nuclear
Posture Review (NPR), which is scheduled to be completed within the next year.

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