The Pentagon has officially started a review of the U.S. nuclear posture, it announced Monday.

“Today, Secretary [James] Mattis directed the commencement of the review, which will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and include interagency partners,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. “The process will culminate in a final report to the president by the end of the year.”

The nuclear posture review was ordered by President Trump in a January executive action on military readiness.

The January memo called for a review “to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.”

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