Thursday 2 November, 2017
Room SD-G50, Dirksen Senate Office Building
At 10:00 AM, the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, led by Chairman Senator John McCain, considered the nomination of Mr. Guy B. Roberts to be Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (ASD(NCB)).
If confirmed, Mr. Guy Roberts will become the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense and the USD (AT&L) on nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, and chemical and biological defense. In his testimony, Mr. Roberts declared to ensure that the United States has a “robust nuclear enterprise with a full set of flexible, credible, ready and survivable nuclear capabilities” and “institute declaratory policies that, in any adversary’s eyes, credibly convey the message that aggression of any kind is not a rational option.”
During the Advanced Policy Questions, Mr. Roberts added that, if nominated, his broad priorities would be to “maintain a safe and secure nuclear deterrent capability, ensuring the destruction of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile, decreasing the threat of proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and to keep WMD out of the hands of terrorists and other enemies by locking down, monitoring, and destroying weapons and weapons related materials.”
Mr. Roberts, along with other witnesses Dr. Mark T. Esper, Honorable Robert L. Wilkie and Mr. Joseph D. Kernan received compliments from Senator McCain who called all candidates “highly qualified”. Having successfully completed the hearing, the last step towards nomination entails a final vote by the Senate. The date and time of the hearing are to be confirmed.