Jason Steck at PoliGazette has contributed to the discussion of nuclear weapons policy, too. He’s more sanguine about the prospects for substantially reducing our arsenal of nuclear weapons than I am:
It is reasonable to maintain a carefully-designed nuclear force as a deterrent against enemy leaders that may value only their own personal or national survival and power.
It would therefore be reasonable to look towards making deep cuts in our existing arsenal of land, air, and sea-based nuclear forces. The cuts could be made with an eye towards survivability of the nuclear force, prioritizing deployment on submarines which are impervious to any comprehensive first strike or pre-emptive attack.
I think he’s a little too USA-centric in his thinking on this. All countries don’t have the same political constraints that we do. Russia has followed a foreign policy of national greatness for nearly 400 years, I believe most Russians continue to support such a policy, and, as I’ve pointed out, Russia can’t continue to pursue that policy and forego nuclear weapons. I believe that it’s possible for negotiations with Russia to result in fewer nuclear weapons in both of our arsenals but not so few that it jeopardizes Russia’s position as a world power.