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The president's expected Nuclear Posture Review implementation study follows release of a "guidance" document from the Defense Department in early January that stated "it is possible that our deterrence goals can be achieved with a smaller nuclear force.
The seven studies include the National Security Strategy; Quadrennial Defense Review Report; The QDR in Perspective: Meeting America's National Security Needs in the 21st Century; Nuclear Posture Review Report; Ballistic Missile Defense Review Report; and NATO 2020: Assured Security; Dynamic Engagement.
a Nuclear Posture Review that promotes nonproliferation and reduces the role
Obama's Nuclear Posture Review was timed to coincide with the April 12-13 global nuclear security summit meeting hosted by Obama in Washington, during which most of the world leaders talked about curbing Iran's nuclear and regional ambitions.
Better relations with nuclear nations like Russia has been a success of the Obama administration, he added, but Iran, along with North Korea, as exceptions to the nuclear posture review because of their battles with the international community over their pursuit of nuclear capabilities, present different challenges.
The Nuclear Posture Review also commits the US not to develop new nuclear weapons, missions, or capabilities.
In referring to the soon-to-be-released Nuclear Posture Review, Obama said in an interview with the paper that the United States would limit the conditions for the use of nuclear weapons, even for self-defense purposes.
Obama is set to announce a new defence strategy, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, which aims to revamp American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the country would use its nuclear weapons.