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    Russia’s Nuclear Doctrine Versus Obama’s “Nuclear Zero”

    There is a stark discrepancy between the nuclear doctrines of the United States and Russia, according to a recent discussion hosted by the George C. Marshall Institute. Mark Schneider, senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy, emphasized that Russia’s nuclear doctrine “permits the use of nuclear weapons in … More

    Missile Defense as a Response to Russia

    Daniel Gouré’s recent op-ed for the Lexington Institute offers a compelling alternative to the Obama Administration’s weak-kneed response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Gouré advocates for the renewal of the Administration’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System in Romania, which Obama halted in the wake of Russia’s strong disapproval. This suspension … More

    Putin Is Right About Withdrawal from the New START Treaty

    According to Representative Trent Franks (R–AZ) and Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO), Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential withdrawal from New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) would serve America’s strategic interests more than the Obama Administration’s attempts to “reset” the United States’ relationship with Moscow. Putin’s mobilization of Russian troops into … More

    Russia: Did Administration Know About INF Violations?

    Amid the reports of Russia sending commandos to take over parts of Crimea, the White House is concerned about the “Russian activity that appears to be inconsistent with the INF [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty,” said Brian McKeon, President Obama’s nominee for principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy. He also … More

    Russia Violates Nonproliferation Agreements

    In 1982, in the midst of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan warned the nation of the dangers of “building a paper castle that will be blown away by the winds of war.” Fast forward to present day, and Reagan’s words eerily resonate with our nation’s current arms treaties with Russia. … More

    Russia Nuclear Treaty Violations: Not So Cute

    A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by Keith B. Payne and Mark B. Schneider reaffirms the ongoing struggle between the United States and Russia over armament reductions, especially limitations on ballistic missiles that possess the capability to deliver nuclear weapons. Russia has repeatedly violated arms treaties with the … More

    In Negotiating Missile Defense with Russia, Obama Could Learn from Reagan’s Example

    In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union negotiated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which was designed to eliminate their nations’ respective intermediate range, ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. In discussing INF negotiations with the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan famously … More

    To START or Not To START? Should It Even Be a Question?

    In an interview with National Journal (subscription necessary) Senator Richard Lugar (R–IN), responds to a series of objections to the new START Treaty and outlines why he believes ratification is necessary. Sen. Lugar addresses the question of tactical nuclear weapons, yet gives a less than satisfactory response. He states, “A … More