At HASC Hearing, Congresswoman Elaine Luria Speaks in Favor of Modernizing U.S. Nuclear Triad

March 6, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today in a House Armed Services Committee hearing spoke in support of modernizing the U.S. nuclear triad, providing assurance and projecting strength to global allies in her remarks.

Top Department of Defense (DoD) officials have said preventing adversarial nuclear attacks is their highest priority. DoD defines the nuclear triad as a compilation of platforms and weapons that serves as the backbone of America’s national security. Composed of intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers, the triad provides “24/7 deterrence to prevent catastrophic actions from our adversaries and they stand ready, if necessary, to deliver a decisive response, anywhere, anytime,” according to DoD.

During her remarks at the hearing, Congresswoman Luria said it is dangerous to expect the United States to reduce or eliminate its nuclear stockpile if the assumption is that “other countries would follow suit out of the goodness of their heart.”

“As a committee, we should be steadfast in our support for maintaining and modernizing the nuclear triad,” Congresswoman Luria said. “ … The United States should be committed to maintaining and modernizing all three legs of the nuclear triad, and continuing to provide an effective and modernized nuclear umbrella, both for protection of ourselves and our allies.”

A video of Congresswoman Luria’s full committee remarks can be found here.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria spent 20 years in the Navy and now represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.