Carter says nuclear weapons are meant to be “in the background.”
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As defense secretary to a president who famously envisioned "a world without nuclear weapons," Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them. He has been quiet on a range of nuclear issues, including the Pentagon's $8 billion effort to correct an array of morale, training, discipline and resource problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps, revealed by the Associated Press in the last three years. Like the three other men who have run the Pentagon for President Barack Obama, Carter has plenty of other high-priority issues to consume his time and attention, including the war against Daesh.A spokesman for Carter disputes that the Pentagon chief has been quiet about nuclear issues.Carter has talked quite a lot about the nuclear weapons of other countries.Before this week, Carter had not given a speech about nuclear weapons nor visited a nuclear weapons base. Hagel also visited a B-2 bomber base to highlight his support for an Air Force's plan to build a new nuclear bomber.Carter was asked whether he worries that important nuclear issues are being ignored or neglected.
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