We turn to Robert Spalding to wrap up our arguments in favor of possessing nuclear weapons. Robert Spalding is a Brigadier General in the US Air Force and offers a military perspective to this investigation.
Full Disclosure: I am a veteran of the US Air Force, so I guess you were receiving a military perspective all along.
The labels on the arguments are mine but the arguments are his. Spalding offers many more reasons why we should retain nuclear weapons:
1. (Proven Track Record) The United States won the Cold War by maintaining a credible nuclear force to stand in opposition to the Soviet Union.
2. (Power of De-escalation) The U.S. nuclear force exists to keep a threshold on the level of violence. This is especially important when disagreements between nuclear powers move beyond dialogue. While numerous smaller wars existed in proxy states during the Cold War, direct conflict between nuclear powers always deescalated back to dialogue.
3. (Preserve the Peace) Nuclear weapons are instruments of peace. Airmen and sailors nobly ensure that nuclear conflict will be deterred by being ready to use them. Americans may feel guilty for possessing such terrible capacity to destroy life. Despite their distastefulness, however, nuclear weapons probably have saved lives. A new day dawned on Aug. 6, 1945. Many who worked on the Manhattan Project believed that they had condemned the world. They could not have known that they might have liberated it. Since Aug. 9, 1945, approximately 7 million to 10 million people have died from conflict. Before the introduction of nuclear weapons, two world wars alone led to the deaths of 70 million to 100 million — a difference of a decimal point.
4. (Affordable) Nuclear weapons are an affordable deterrent. The cost of the triad represents less than 3 percent of the $526 billion Defense Department budget. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service lost about $16 billion, or three times the amount it cost U.S. taxpayers for intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers, two-thirds of the triad.