Key Issues Nuclear Weapons History Presidential Policies George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

  Life: July 6,1946
  In office: January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009
  Party: Republican


Nuclear Policy

On War

Bush Doctrine (post 9-11) Preventive War National Security Strategy (NSS 2002) Nuclear Weapons as Central to Defense Nuclear Posture Review Foreword by Secretary of Defense Donald Rusmfeld

On Deterrence

New Strategic Triad

  • Nuclear and precision non-nuclear strike forces
  • Passive and active defenses
  • Revitalized defense infrastructure

Tailored Deterrence

  • 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Report
  • Adapts deterrence to various groups and situations
  • Need to prove US credibility
    • Weapons Modernization (RRW 2004)
On Disarmament

Treaties signed/ratified; Legislation passed

Strategic Offensive Reduction Treaty (SORT)

See Nuclear Events.