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Admiral Mullen On START Treaty: ‘Important and Necessary Balance Between … Critical Aims’

Admiral Mike Mullen took to the Department of Defense’s blog to expand on his support for the START Treaty, saying it has “the full support of (the) uniformed military.”

“Some of you have expressed concern to me through Facebook and Twitter about Russian intent,” wrote Mullen. “I can tell you that I met with my Russian counterpart, General Makarov, several times during this process. These meetings not only provided a better understanding of our common challenges, but reaffirmed my belief that the Russian military is as committed to this treaty and the reduction of nuclear stockpiles as we are.”

Mullen highlighted the benefits of the treaty, specifically its ability to strike a harmonious note among three important goals of the Department of Defense.

“The new START Treaty achieves an important and necessary balance between three critical aims,” wrote Mullen. “It allows us to retain a strong and flexible American nuclear deterrent. It helps strengthen openness and transparency in our relationship with Russia. It also demonstrates our national commitment to reducing the worldwide risk of nuclear incident resulting from the continuing proliferation of nuclear weapons.”

Mullen also described some of the other virtues of the agreement, pointing to the continued and enhanced stability between the United States and the Russian Federation.

“A far as capability, we will retain our triad of bombers, ballistic missile submarines, and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles in sufficient diversity and numbers to assure strategic stability between ourselves and the Russian Federation,” wrote Mullen. “We will also maintain sufficient capability to deter other nuclear states. In addition, the agreement provides for an array of important verification measures that are critical to both sides in monitoring compliance and ensuring transparency.”

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