Nuclear Policy Change

— NPR's Mike Shuster reports on the fundamental change in US nuclear defense policy, which makes the prevention of nuclear war the number one priority. The previous policy, signed into effect by President Reagan in 1981, was intended to win a nuclear war. Analysts say the change in official doctrine reflects post-Cold War reality. The architects of the previous policy admit that winning a nuclear war is unimaginable.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.