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November 14, 2017

Senate Committee Holding Hearing on Nuke Launch Authority Today

By ExchangeMonitor

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to convene a hearing today to discuss whether the U.S. president should have sole authority to launch the nation’s nuclear weapons.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Eastern time at the Senate Dirksen Office Building Room 419 on Capitol Hill. Presiding over the session is committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who since announcing his decision not to seek re-election in 2018 has sharpened his criticism of President Donald Trump.

Witnesses scheduled to appear are:

  • U.S. Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler (Ret.), former head of the U.S. Strategic Command, which commands all three legs of the U.S. nuclear triad.
  • Peter Feaver, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Feaver was director for defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council in the Bill Clinton administration.
  • Brian McKeon, former acting undersecretary for policy at the Pentagon in the Barack Obama administration.