NUCLEAR ABOLITION EFFORT CAN BE PROPERLY DESIGNED
INITIAL NUCLEAR REDUCTIONS WILL BE INCREMENTAL AND MUTUAL
Generals Lee Butler & Andrew J. Goodpaster, 4 December 1996. Joint Statement on Reduction of Nuclear Weapons Arsenals: Declining Utility, Continuing Riskshttp://www.nuclearfiles.org/docs/1996/961204-butlergpaster.html //VT2002acsln
We believe the nations that possess these weapons should take the necessary steps to align their nuclear weapons policies and programs to match the diminished role and utility of these weapons, and the continuing risks they involve, joining in reducing their nuclear arsenals step by step to the lowest verifiable levels consistent with stable security, as rapidly as world conditions permit. Taking the lead, U.S. and Russian reductions can open the door for the negotiation of multilateral reduction capping all arsenals at very low levels. Added safety and an enhanced climate for negotiations would be achieved by removing nuclear weapons from alert status and placing the warheads in controlled storage. These arrangements should be applied to all nuclear weapons, discarding the distinction between tactical and strategic weapons, limiting nuclear warheads rather than launchers, and subjecting all weapons to inspection and verification measures.
MANY OTHER POLICY INITIATIVES SHOULD BE UTILIZED AS PART OF NUCLEAR ABOLITION
Statement on Nuclear Weapons by International Generals and Admirals (Signed by 60 retired generals and admirals from 17 countries) December 5, 1996http://www.nuclearfiles.org/docs/1996/961205-admirals.html //VT2002acsln
The creation of nuclear-free zones in different parts of the world, confidence-building and transparency measures in the general field of defense, strict implementation of all treaties in the area of disarmament and arms control, and mutual assistance in the process of disarmament are also important in helping to bring about a nuclear-free world. The development of regional systems of collective security, including practical measures for cooperation, partnership, interaction and communication are essential for local stability and security.
NUCLEAR ABOLITION INVOLVES STEADY NUCLEAR REDUCTIONS WITH A TARGET DATE FOR ABOLITION
HOWARD BREMBECK, Fourth Freedom Foundation, 2000- IN SEARCH OF THE FOURTH FREEDOM // VT2002 acs p. 99-100
To begin with, the United States and like-minded nations will move with caution toward a system of truly nonprovocative defense. This will call for an accelerated schedule of reductions in the development and production of all weapons of mass murder as well as the abolition of all such weapons by a date certain. At the same time, the United States and its friends will continue to provide financial and technical resources needed to reduce the threat posed by the huge stockpiles of weapons and weapons materials in Russia.