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DoD Officials Preview Trump’s Draft Nuclear Weapons Strategy to Senate Panel

John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Tuesday provided Senate Armed Services Committee members a classified preview of President Donald Trump’s draft Nuclear Posture Review, Defense News reported Tuesday.

The draft document seeks to advance the development of low-yield nuclear weapons for U.S. submarines and sub-launched cruise missiles.

The Trump administration plans to issue a final version of the review in February.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said the document should be publicly released.

“That’s not just public for the American public ― it will be public for other countries to read,” Sullivan noted.

“So much of any nuclear deterrence policy relies on credibility.”

The Defense Department also released a national security strategy that aims to expand the competitive space through military readiness, alliances and changes to DoD’s business practices.

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