National Security Experts And Top Military Officials Unite To Push Senate Vote On New START Treaty

September 28, 2010

WASHINGTON D.C., 28 September 2010 – Today members of the Consensus for American Security submitted a letter to Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Mitch McConnell urging a Senate ratification vote on the New START Treaty before the end of the year.

Dr. Janne Nolan, Director of Nuclear Security at ASP said: “This letter to the Senate leadership asking for a ratification vote on New START represents the overwhelming bi-partisan consensus. Without New START, our security remains at risk.  The Senate must act.”

Dear Senator Reid and Senator McConnell:

As retired military officers and national security experts who have spent our careers dedicated to protecting the security of the United States, we respectfully request you commit to a full Senate vote on ratification of the New START Treaty before the end of this year.

Building on the vision of previous presidents from both parties, New START allows us to invest in the nuclear security priorities necessary to confront the threats of today and tomorrow. The treaty offers a streamlined and modern verification system that demands quicker and more transparent inspections and information exchanges, bringing new weight to “trust but verify.”   With New START in force, America will be safer.

Currently, we have no verification regime to account for Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons. Two hundred and ninety seven (297) days have elapsed since American teams have been allowed to inspect Russian nuclear forces, and we are concerned that further inaction will bring unacceptable lapses in U.S. intelligence about Russia’s strategic arsenal.  Without New START, we believe that the United States is less secure.

As part of the vast consensus of national security professionals who have endorsed New START, we respectfully call on the Senate to ratify the New START Treaty in 2010.


The Consensus for American Security

Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army)

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State

Dr. Graham Allison, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense,

Mary Catherine Andrews, former Special Assistant to the President

Scott Bates, former Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee,

Samuel Berger, former National Security Advisor,

Dr. Coit Blacker, former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs,

Dr. Barry Blechman, former Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency,

Mark Brzezinski, former Director for Russian/Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council,

Ambassador Richard Burt ,U.S. Chief Negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks

Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.)

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney (U.S. Marine Corps, Ret)

Joe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund

Nelson Cunningham, former Special Advisor to the President for Western Hemisphere Affairs,

Dr. Sidney Drell, former Deputy Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,

Major General Paul Eaton (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Lieutenant General Robert Gard Jr. (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Dennis Gormley, Senior Research Fellow at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

Chuck Hagel, former Senator (R-NE)

Dr. Morton Halperin, former Special Assistant to the President

Major General Marcelite Harris (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Gary Hart, former Senator (D-CO)

Lieutenant General Arlen “Dirk” Jameson (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Brigadier General John H. Johns, PhD (U.S. Army)

Dr. David Kay, former IAEA/UNSCOM Chief Nuclear Weapons Inspector

Lieutenant General Donald Kerrick (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Dr. Geoffrey Kemp, former Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs,

Colonel Richard L. Klass (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Dr. Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense,

Rear Admiral Rosanne M.  LeVitre (U.S. Navy, Ret.)

General Merrill “Tony” McPeak (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Dr. Janne E. Nolan, Director of Nuclear Security for the American Security Project

Admiral William Owens (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

Lieutenant General Norman Seip (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Ambassador Steven Pifer, former Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia of the NSC

George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State

Ambassador Wendy R.  Sherman, former Counselor for the State Department and Policy Coordinator on North Korea

Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs,

Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State,

Lieutenant General James M. Thompson (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Major General Jasper Welch (U.S. Air Force, Ret.)


About the Consensus for American Security: The Consensus for American Security is a non-partisan group of influential military and national security leaders who have come together to highlight growing support for a new and sustainable nuclear weapons policy. The Consensus is an initiative of the American Security Project