Analysis + Opinion | 2021

President Trump at a campaign rally for Republican US Senate candidates in Dalton, Ga., on Jan. 5, 2021. (Erik S. Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) (Erik S Lesser/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Analysis + Opinion

January 8, 2021

There is no legal way to stop Trump from ordering a nuclear strike if he wants to, expert says

Elizabeth N SaundersThe Washington Post

Vipin Narang comments on Speaker Pelosi's conversation with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and discusses the protocol for launching a nuclear strike.  “The United States is one of the only countries to have sole launch authority — even Russia does not. It is striking that the Russian system requires an additional vote to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s, but America’s does not.”