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  • Non-Advice from the Government in Case of a Nuclear Attack

    The latest campaign of the U.S. government focuses on what to do in case of a nuclear attack. The only problem is that, like many government programs, it does not offer much useful advice. According to government officials, the best thing one can do is stay put and find shelter. … More

    There Is an Alternative to New START

    Why is the Obama administration frantically trying to push New START, a strategic arms-control agreement with Russia, through the “lame duck” session of Congress? Because of the president’s deep commitment to U.S. nuclear disarmament. He fears that New START may not garner the necessary votes in the new Congress. He … More

    Stopping START

    The bilateral arms control treaty between the United States and Russia, known as New START, has critical implications for the security of the U.S. and its allies. In a recent article, Senator John Barrasso (R–WY) addresses concerns regarding the treaty. They include limits on U.S. missile defense capabilities, a weak … More

    Essential Issues Must Be Addressed Before New START Is Taken Up in the Senate

    There are three essential things that the Administration must commit to before the strategic arms control agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation (known as New START) is approved in the Senate, writes James Woolsey in The Wall Street Journal. Safeguarding the option to develop and deploy the … More

    New START Treaty Hurts U.S. Conventional Strike Capability

    In The Wall Street Journal, John Bolton, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, raises significant concerns that the New START treaty will place numerical limits on conventional and non-conventional weapons launchers, delivery vehicles, and accountable warheads. These limitations will in turn weaken U.S. capabilities—not Russia’s. … More

    Can the U.S. Trust Russia to Abide by New START?

    Obama Administration officials have recently been going out of their way to describe Russia as a responsible, reliable, and cooperative treaty partner, despite the release of yet another U.S. State Deport report describing Russian non-compliance with the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) treaty and numerous expert opinions stating otherwise. … More

    DeMint: New START Codifies the 'Balance of Terror'

    The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the U.S. and Russia is a throwback to the Cold War and does not address the greatest threats the U.S. faces today, namely ballistic missile attacks by rogue nations, according to Sen. Jim DeMint (R–SC). Far from addressing emerging threats, the … More

    Why the United States Should “reSTART” the “Reset”

    The goal of the Obama administration, made clear from almost day one, was to hit a “reset” button on US-Russian relations. The question of what we are re-setting, however, is something that has been all but ignored. In the mindset of the Russians, they have to change nothing.  Russian Ambassador … More

    Senate Should Uphold Reagan’s Vision on Arms Control

    During his State of the Union Speech President Obama underscored his goal of “getting to zero” nuclear weapons by citing Ronald Reagan’s aspirations for a world without nuclear weapons: I have embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these … More

    Russia’s Muzzled Media: Confronting Economic Crisis in the Age of Authoritarianism

    Russia’s increasingly authoritarian system, with the vast majority of the media under government-control, discourages the free flow of information. It partially bars reporting on corruption or exposing ill-conceived policies—that could contribute to Russia weathering this economic storm. The information dams are hindering those in the Russian government who are trying … More