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    U.S. Should Not Give Russia More Insight into Its National Security Activities

    House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R–MI) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to reject a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to upgrade Russia’s technical capability for observational flights of U.S. and NATO countries by airplane. Signed in 1992 by 34 counties, the Open Skies Treaty allows … More

    Author of Russian Reset Admits Policy Is Dead

    President Obama’s former Ambassador to Russia and self-described author of the Russian reset policy Michael McFaul today admitted the obvious: the reset is dead. In a radio interview with the Flint Report in Montana, McFaul stated, “The reset ended, the reset ended a long time ago.” McFaul is correct that … More

    How the New START Treaty Has Strengthened Putin—and Hurt America

    Four years ago today, U.S. and Russia signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). An examination of the past four years reveals that critics’ early assessments of the flawed treaty have proven frighteningly accurate: Putin gets his way with little to no cost to himself, while the U.S. pays … More

    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

    Defense Department Suspends Missile Defense Cooperation with Russia

    Following Russia’s aggressive actions in Crimea, the Department of Defense suspended ballistic missile defense cooperation with Russia. This suspension includes civilian-to-civilian cooperation. This is a step in the right direction. Russia has been trying to use ballistic missile defense cooperation with the U.S. to limit U.S. missile defense capabilities. Moscow … 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