National Command Authority
The NCA comprises the president of the United States (as commander-in-chief) and the secretary of defense jointly, or their duly deputized successors, i.e. the vice president and the deputy secretary of defense.
Authorization of a nuclear or strategic attackEdit
Only the president can direct the use of nuclear weapons by U.S. armed forces, through plans like OPLAN 8010-12. The president has unilateral authority as commander-in-chief to order that nuclear weapons be used for any reason at any time.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Blair, Bruce (June 11, 2016). "What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump's Finger on the Nuclear Button?". Politico Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
- Broad, William J.; Sanger, David E. (August 4, 2016). "Debate Over Trump's Fitness Raises Issue of Checks on Nuclear Power". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- Burns, Robert (2017-11-13). "Could anyone stop Trump from launching nukes? The answer: No". Associated Press. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
- Stanton, Zack (2017-11-14). "Don't Count on the Cabinet to Stop a Trump-Ordered Nuclear Strike". Politico Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-30.
- William Perry [@SecDef19] (6 September 2018). "This is the correct answer" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- William Perry [@SecDef19] (5 September 2018). "Correct" (Tweet) – via Twitter.