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  • Did the Russians Win on Missile Defense in the New START Treaty?

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations met on May 18 to hold a hearing with Secretaries Clinton and Gates and Admiral Mullen on the new U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction (New START) Treaty. The three officials gave testimony and urged ratification saying the treaty will enhance U.S. security and aid nuclear … More

    Clinton's New START Misstatements

    In her testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urging the Senate to consent to the ratification of the April 8th Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START), Secretary of State … More

    START Problems Proliferating

    Is the Senate likely to consent to the ratification of New START? It might appear so now, but things can change. At the moment, it appears that approval will turn on whether the Obama Administration’s commitment to modernizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure is adequate in the eyes of the Senate … More

    Is Congress Turning the Corner on Missile Defense?

    Congress may be turning the corner on missile defense. It is reported that the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces added $361.6 million to the Obama Administration’s inadequate $9.9 billion request for the overall missile defense program in fiscal year 2011. This is a significant departure from last year, where Congress, … More

    Nothing New in NYT's Nuke Modernization Spin

    The headline of Peter Baker’s New York Times article “Obama Expands Modernization of Nuclear Arsenal” could not be more misleading. The article touts the release of a presidential report to Congress outlining the President’s plan to spend $80 billion. What the article does not tell you is that in all … More

    START the Senate Treaty Analysis

    The White House plans to submit the April 8, 2010, the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty (New START) between the Russian Federation and the United States of America to the Senate for ratification today. The Senate should focus less on the text of … More

    Defense Spending is Not the Problem

    Speaking at the Eisenhower Library in Kansas on May 8th, Secretary Gates stated the following: “Given America’s difficult economic circumstances and parlous fiscal condition, military spending on things large and small can and should expect closer, harsher scrutiny.” Left unexamined, Secretary Gates’ statement would lead the average American to conclude … More

    The Real Reason Obama Revealed Nuke Numbers

    It is on the basis of unconvincing justifications that the Obama Administration on May 3rd de-classified and released to the public a comprehensive listing of the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. The newly released data covers the period from fiscal 1962 through 2009 and shows that as … More

    Obama Opens a New "Window of Vulnerability"

    According to a Reuters report, the Obama Administration is assessing that Iran could have a long-range ballistic missile by 2015. Now they tell us. Last September, when President Obama announced the cancellation of the program for fielding defensive interceptors in Poland for countering long-range missiles from Iran, it justified the … More

    New START's Inherent Contradiction

    President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor James Jones has sought to counter an April 17th Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing the New START arms control agreement with Russia for limiting U.S. missile defense options with an April 20th letter to the editor. General Jones acknowledges that there is a specific … More