Gen. James Mattis
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

February 9, 2018

Dear Secretary Mattis,

We were very pleased to learn of the postponement of the scheduled February 7 launch of a Minuteman III ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base. We urge you to act swiftly to postpone any additional nuclear-capable missile tests scheduled during the period of the 2018 Olympic Truce, which lasts through March 25.

Regardless of advance planning of such tests, it is essential to global security that the United States be flexible and respect worthwhile initiatives for peace such as the Olympic Truce. The Air Force has postponed launches due to unfavorable weather conditions, technical problems, and other issues. There is no reason why the Air Force cannot – at a minimum – postpone these ICBM tests until after the designated weeks of the Olympic Truce.

If North Korea were to test an ICBM during the Olympics, many nations, including the United States, would view the act as provocative and threatening. One does not have to stretch the imagination too far to guess how North Korea might react to our testing of ICBMs during the same period.

For the sake of global stability and to honor the Olympic spirit, we urge you to postpone any additional ICBM tests during the period of the Olympic Truce.


(Organizational affiliations listed for identification purposes only)

Lilly Adams, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ

Edward Aguilar, Coalition for Peace Action, Pennsylvania

Katherine Alexander, Peace Action of New York State

Rev. Dr. Chris J. Antal, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern,

Veterans for Peace, Representative to the United Nations

Jean Athey, Peace Action Montgomery

Mavis Belisle, Dallas Peace and Justice Center

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

Matthew Bolton, Associate Professor, Political Science, Pace University

Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation

Glenn Carroll, Nuclear Watch South, Atlanta

Sister Clare Carter, New England Peace Pagoda

Jeff Carter, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Gerry Condon, President, Veterans For Peace

Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Carolyn Rusti Eisenberg, Professor of History, Hofstra University

Vicki Elson, Resistance Center for Peace and Justice

Oliver Fein, M.D.

Gordon Fellman, Professor of Sociology and Chair, Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence          Studies, Brandeis University

Norma Field, Professor Emerita, Japanese Studies, University of Chicago

Martin Fleck, Security Program Director,  Physicians for Social Responsibility

Shelagh Foreman, Massachusetts Peace Action

Mary J. Geissman, Peace & Justice Task Force, All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC

Irene Gendzier, Professor Emeritus, Boston University

Joseph Gerson (PhD), Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security

Todd Gitlin, Professor, Columbia University

Van Gosse, Professor of History, Franklin & Marshall College, Co-Chair, Historians for Peace and Democracy

Jonathan Granoff , President Global Security Institute

Claire Greensfelder, INOCHI:  Plutonium Free Future / Women for Safe Energy,


Evie Hantzopoulos, Global Kids

Rabia Terri Harris, Founder, Muslim Peace Fellowship

Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action

David Hartsough, Peaceworkers, San Francisco

William D. Hartung, Center for International Policy

Ira Helfand, Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Patrick Hiller, War Prevention Initiative

Mary Hladky, United for Peace and Justice

Christine Hong, Professor, Literature, Critical race & ethnic studies, University of California Santa Cruz

Will Hopkins, New Hampshire Peace Action

Mari Inoue, Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World

Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, J. D.

Sally Jones, Peace Action Fund of New York State

Lauri Kallio, Peace Action National Board

Louis Kampf, Emeritus Professor, MIT

Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear

Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CARES, Livermore, CA

Assaf Kfoury, Professor, Computer Science, Boston University

John Kim, Veterans For Peace-Korea Peace Campaign

Jonathan King, Professor, MIT Dept. of Biology

Bob Kinsey, The Colorado Coalition for Prevention of Nuclear War

Michael Klare, Five College Professor, Peace & World Security Studies, Hampshire College

David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Peter Kuznick, Professor of History, American University

John Lamperti, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, Dartmouth College

Tony Langbehn, Maryland United for Peace and Justice

Judith Le Blanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance

Robert Jay Lifton, MD, Lecturer in Psychiatry, Columbia University, Distinguished Professor Emeritus,The City University of New York

Dan Luker, Boston Veterans for Peace, Chapter 9

Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund

Margaret Melkonian, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives

Stephen Miles, Win Without War

Susan Mirsky, Newton Dialogues on Peace and War

David Monsees, PhD, Snake River Alliance, Boise, Idaho

Helga Moor, New Jersey Peace Action

Rev. Bob Moore, Coalition for Peace Action, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, National Intelligence Council (retired)

Richard Ochs, Baltimore Peace Action

Koohan Paik, International Forum on Globalization

Rosemary Palmer, Cleveland Peace Action

Tony Palomba, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment

Rev. Rich Peacock, Peace Action of Michigan

Guy Quinlan, All Souls Nuclear Disarmament Task Force, New York City

Rosemarie Pace, Director, Pax Christi Metro New York

Charlotte Phillips, MD, Brooklyn for Peace

Allison Pytlak,Programme Manager, Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Steve Rabson, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund

Kristina Romines, Women’s Action for New Directions

Jerald P. Ross, First Parish Bedford UU Peace and Justice Cmte

Linda Rousseau, Peace & Justice Task Force, All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC

Coleen Rowley, Women Against Military Madness

Deb Sawyer, Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Claire & Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, SS., Francis & Therese Catholic Worker, Worcester, MA

Robert Shaffer, Professor of History, Shippensburg University

Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee

Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Jeff Stack, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Director, Hibakusha Stories

David Swanson, Word Beyond War

Florindo Troncelliti, Peace Action Manhattan​

David Vine, Associate Professor of Anthropology, American University

Timmon Wallis, NuclearBan.US

Alyn Ware, World Future Council

Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Cora Weiss, International Peace Bureau, UN Representative

Sarah G. Wilton (CDR, USNR-R, retired), Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Lawrence Wittner, Professor Emeritus, SUNY/Albany, Co-chair, Peace Action

Ann Wright, US Army Colonel retired