Key Issues Nuclear Weapons History Presidential Policies Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

  Life: October 1, 1924
  In office: January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981
  Party: Democrat


Nuclear Policy

On War

Countervailing Strategy, PD 59
    Nuclear war below level of all-out exchange

On Deterrence

Strategic Triad- ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs
  Second Strike Capability.

Negative Assurance
   Promised not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states

US credibility
   Nuclear weapons modernization
   IncreaseD conventional weapons spending

On Disarmament

International Nuclear “Programs of Cooperation

Treaties signed/ratified; Legislation passed

1979 Second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II)

1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, 1980 Comprehensive

Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund)

See Nuclear Events.