Nuclear weapons have excellent rates in deterring conflicts. They're stopping anyone from using nuclear weapons against the U.S. or its allies, says the president of a defense consulting firm.
Peter Huessy, president of Geostrategic Analysis in Potomac, Md., said 62 nations and 400 guerilla groups, terror groups and militias around the world are involved in armed violent conflicts today.
He said nuclear weapons are to stop others from using nuclear weapons against the U.S. or its allies and they have been extremely successful. He said the key is not to have nuclear weapons to use them and that has been done for more than half a century.
Some of his comments were in response to comments by actor Michael Douglas. Douglas is the narrator of a new video on nuclear disarmament by Global Zero, a group with its goal of eliminating nuclear weapons. In the video, Douglas urges people to join the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons over the next two decades.
Huessy and Mark Jantzer, chairman of Task Force 21, Minot's base retention committee, were moderators for the nuclear triad symposium held May 3 in the Grand Hotel in Minot. The symposium was sponsored by the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Task Force 21.
Huessy has hosted many congressional seminars on Capitol Hill dealing with missile defense, strategic nuclear modernization, strategic airlift, strategic bombers, proliferation, arms control, homeland, port and maritime security and defense policy.
Huessy said the entire U.S. strategic nuclear triad's annual investment costs less than the amount of money Americans spend on movies each year.
Minot Air Force Base has two legs of the nuclear triad Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and B-52 bombers. The Navy has the third triad leg submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
In regard to de-alerting taking nuclear forces off alert to reduce the chance of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear weapons launch Huessy said even if Russia and the United States agreed on de-alerting their weapons and if they trusted each other 100 percent, what's going to prevent another country with nuclear weapons from saying their nuclear weapons are ready to go, yours aren't, you're going to take 48 hours to do anything...
He said another country could make threats of what it would do and make demands of what it would want such as taking over all the oil in another or other countries and with that it would ultimately, own the world's transportation systems and the world's economies.
"If you own the Persian Gulf , you'll own 85 percent of the world's unconventional oil. That's why what you do up here (in North Dakota) is so critical and energy important," Huessy said, referring to North Dakota's oil boom.
"You can change the entire geophysical landscape but given where we are in the world today, controlling 85 percent of the world's oil, you control the world's transportation bed because it's all liquid fuels and doing that you can control the world's economy.
He said the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and other military continue to prevent and deter such conflicts and problems from happening.