Please Help!

Society has repeatedly rejected even minor changes in our nuclear weapons posture as too risky, even though the baseline risk of our current strategy is unknown. To plug that gaping hole in our national security, please sign our petition asking Congress to authorize a National Academies study of the potential risks posed by nuclear weapons, both from nuclear terrorism and nuclear war. Unlike ratifying a treaty, where ⅔ of the Senate is required, a single, interested congressional representative can make this happen, so we have a real shot at success if you will help.

The petition has been signed by Adm. Bobby Inman (USN, Retired), former Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of the CIA, so you know it makes good sense for our national security. Other prominent signers include Stanford University’s former president, Donald Kennedy, and two Stanford Nobel Laureates (Prof. Kenneth Arrow in Economics, and Prof. Martin Perl in Physics).

The petition can be signed on line or you can download a printable version to circulate in person. Both versions include a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a sample email or “elevator pitch” for bringing up the issue.

If you belong to an organization working on a related issue, be sure to read “Why Should My Organization Support the Petition to Study Nuclear Risk?“and consider asking your group to participate. The petition is a great ice breaker that lets you then bring up your group’s specific goals.

Thank you for considering this request.

Martin Hellman

For further reading: My recent paper in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “How Risky is Nuclear Optimism,” explains the need for such a study in more detail.

About Martin Hellman

I am a professor at Stanford University, best known for my invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects the secure part of the Internet, such as electronic banking. But, for almost 30 years, my primary interest has been how fallible human beings can survive possessing nuclear weapons, where even one mistake could be catastrophic. My latest project is a book with the audacious subtitle "Creating True Love at Home & Peace on the Planet." Its soon to open website explains: https://anewmap.com.
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