OpenTheGovernment.org, Partners, and Others Thank Secretary Gates for Declassifying Nuclear Info

OpenTheGovernment.org organized a letter to the Secretary of Defense from more than a dozen public interest organizations and professional societies thanking him for promoting increased transparency in nuclear weapons policy. The letter points out that the Secretary’s decision to publish the Nuclear Posture Review Report in an entirely unclassified format and the disclosure of the size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile may not resolve the continuing debate over the future of nuclear weapons policy, but it will enable it to proceed on a more informed basis. We look forward to further steps, including the Department’s Fundamental Classification Guidance Review as required by the President’s executive order 13526, which should help to eliminate other obsolete or unnecessary classification restrictions.

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