Nunn and Lugar look to new generation

The senators behind the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program recently stressed the need for the United States to find a new generation of leaders to continue their work.

The pair, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and now retired Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), recently spoke at a celebration for 20th anniversary of the program held at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Nunn said that those who have been involved in the program since the beginning are now getting old. He jokingly said that perhaps Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright might serve as new recruits.

"We've got to skip down another generation," Nunn said, reports. "That's a big challenge."

Nunn said that the Cuban missile crisis left an indelible impression on him and those of his generation about the threat of nuclear weapons. He worries that other forms of terrorism may not capture the attention of legislators in the same fashion.

Lugar, who is slated to leave Congress at the end of the current session, said that current senators need to educate incoming members about the need to reduce the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. He stressed a need to create a sense of continuity.

Nunn said that reducing the threat of biological weapons could be more difficult than the nuclear threat because of the large number and dispersion of biological facilities.