Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001
SEC. 1041. REVISED NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW .
(a) REQUIREMENT FOR COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW - In order to clarify United States nuclear deterrence policy and strategy for the near term, the Secretary of Defense shall conduct a comprehensive review of the nuclear posture of the United States for the next 5 to 10 years. The Secretary shall conduct the review in consultation with the Secretary of Energy.
(b) ELEMENTS OF REVIEW - The nuclear posture review shall include the following elements:
(1) The role of nuclear forces in United States military strategy, planning, and programming.
(2) The policy requirements and objectives for the United States to maintain a safe, reliable, and credible nuclear deterrence posture .
(3) The relationship among United States nuclear deterrence policy, targeting strategy, and arms control objectives.
(4) The levels and composition of the nuclear delivery systems that will be required for implementing the United States national and military strategy, including any plans for replacing or modifying existing systems.
(5) The nuclear weapons complex that will be required for implementing the United States national and military strategy, including any plans to modernize or modify the complex.
(6) The active and inactive nuclear weapons stockpile that will be required for implementing the United States national and military strategy, including any plans for replacing or modifying warheads.
(c) REPORT TO CONGRESS- The Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress, in unclassified and classified forms as necessary, a report on the results of the nuclear posture review conducted under this section. The report shall be submitted concurrently with the Quadrennial Defense Review report due in December 2001.
(d) SENSE OF CONGRESS- It is the sense of Congress that the nuclear posture review conducted under this section should be used as the basis for establishing future United States arms control objectives and negotiating positions.