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Our nation’s nuclear weapons are very complex and large organization system. The main responsibility falls on the executive branch of the government. There are multiple departments within the executive branch that handle this. They are the Departments of Defense, Energy, Commerce, State, and Homeland Security. The Department of Defense oversees all of the nation’s armed forces and this includes those that are specially trained to handle nuclear devices. During the height of the Cold War the leaders of the Department of Defense, constructed a plan to be able to fend off any nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. They came up with what is known as the “Triad.” This Triad is a combination of the Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, the…show more content…
They are responsible for the negotiation of nuclear armament treaties. The main goal of the Department is to limit the manufacturing and spread of nuclear weapons, this practice is known as nonproliferation (White House). This Department has recently been in the news for a proposed nuclear deal with Iran. The deal has yet to be voted upon by Congress, but it is becoming increasingly unpopular with high ranking military officers (Washington Post). The Department of Homeland Security was made by President Bush, in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on 11 September 2001. The main responsibility of this Department is to monitor the activities of incoming travelers and cargo. This can lead to stopping the smuggling of contraband and even nuclear weapons. A subordinate agency of the Department of Homeland Security is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA. FEMA is responsible for coordinating a response to a disaster on U.S. soil; this includes a nuclear detonation (DHS). There are many facets to the way that the United States handles their nuclear program. It is designed to protect the country at all costs; may that be a direct bombing or an attack through the airlines. The United States has covered all points to prevent a nuclear
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