Skip to Navigation
Skip to Content

Support PSR!

Your membership supports PSR's work to reduce global warming, eliminate toxics in our environment and abolish nuclear weapons. YOU make our work possible. Thank you.

Donate Now »

Take Action

The Paris Climate Agreement puts the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change. Tell President Trump that leaving the accord puts polluters' interests before our health and welfare.

Time to Get Serious About De-Alerting

Posted by Jill Marie Parillo on June 24, 2009


We need to increase the warning time of our nuclear weapons to give the President more decision making time. About one thousands U.S. nuclear weapons are on day-to-day alert, ready to launch in minutes notice.  U.S. nuclear strategy still revolves around a Russian threat, but Russia hates the idea of de-alerting our nuclear weapons.


Russian experts argue that if they agree to de-alert nuclear weapons with the United States, the U.S. would be capable of taking out the Russian nuclear arsenal with an overwhelmingly superior conventional force.   


PSR believes that the forth coming nuclear disarmament agreement between the United States and Russia and a new U.S. nuclear posture review should require an agreement to increase warning time of the vehicles that launch both the U.S. and Russian strategic warheads. This is because human beings are fallible and human institutions are fallible.  Recently the U.S. Air Force accidentally lost track of 6 nuclear warheads, unknowingly flying them across the United States. Furthermore, U.S. and British nuclear submarines collided in the Atlantic Ocean last year.  


As easily as these things could happen, a U.S. or Russian warhead could accidentally launch causing innumerable deaths and even an accidental nuclear war.  It is time to get serious about de-alerting and end the false claim that accidents don’t happen, and reduce the great threat these weapons pose to human health and life.



Leave your comment

Enter this word: Change

Action Alerts

More action alerts»


In the Spotlight

  • November 30, 2016
    Eating for Climate and Health
    PSR's new PowerPoint presentation on how climate change impacts food production, and agriculture's contribution to climate change.