The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is instituting a forward-leaning, whole-of-department approach in accomplishing its top priority of maintaining the world’s foremost nuclear deterrence capability, a top Pentagon official said today.
Deborah G. Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs and Executive Secretary of the Nuclear Weapons Council, said her top priority is ensuring the entire DoD is aligned and proactive as it executes its nuclear modernization efforts.
“This work is so important and so vital and is really a no-fail mission for us. We need to make sure that the senior-most leadership of the department remains focused on it, is actively working on it, [and] is solving problems and challenges,” she said.
The 2022 Nuclear Posture Review identified the modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal as a top priority in maintaining a strong nuclear deterrence.
That modernization effort, which is being carried out over the next two decades, includes initiatives to modernize all three legs of the nuclear triad.