Why It Matters: The Big Red Button


Gabrielle Sierra

Podcast Host and Producer Full Bio

Episode Guests

Richard K. Betts

Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies

Alexandra Bell

Senior Policy Director, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Abigail Stowe-Thurston

Program Coordinator, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Show Notes

In the United States, the president has sole and unconstrained power to launch a first-strike nuclear attack. While the system is built to provide the president with as much expert advice as possible, consultation is not legally required, and some experts say that such an order could be executed in a matter of minutes. 

Today, we unpack the president’s sole authority to launch, and its implications for national and global security. Is it wise to invest so much power in the hands of one person? What are the alternatives? Gabrielle Sierra explores a system that has been overlooked for years, as she sits down with three nuclear security experts.   


CFR Resources 

Nuclear Weapons, CFR

What the INF Treaty’s Collapse Means for Nuclear Proliferation,”   Lori Esposito Murray

The Lingering Specter of Nuclear War,”  Stewart M. Patrick


Read More

What is US nuclear policy, exactly?,”  Abigail Stowe-Thurston

Explosion Shines New Light on ‘Secret Nuclear Cities’,”  Alexandra Bell

The President and the Bomb,”  Richard Betts

What Should the World Do With Its Nuclear Weapons?,”  Joseph Cirincione, Atlantic

An Unsung Hero of the Nuclear Age,”  Ron Rosenbaum, Slate

Our Apocalypses, Ourselves,”  Emma Claire Foley, Inkstick

American students aren’t taught nuclear weapons policy in school. Here’s how to fix that problem.,”  Erin Connolly and Kate Hewitt, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 

Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation, Center for Strategic & International Studies


Watch and Listen 

Here’s how Trump’s nuclear button actually works…”  Vox

What If We Nuke a City,”  Kurzgesagt

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