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Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination

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Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons. That puts him outside the orthodoxy embraced by many of his fellow Republicans but inside a widening circle of national security thinkers -- including President Barack Obama.

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Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons, possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia. He supports an international movement called Global Zero that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons. That puts him outside the orthodoxy embraced by many of his fellow Republicans but inside a widening circle of national security thinkers -- including President Barack Obama.
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