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    Why Ignoring Russian Arms Cheating Leaves the United States Vulnerable

    The Obama Administration appears to be ignoring Russian violations of arms control agreements in favor of securing future agreements, which will eventually leave the United States vulnerable to Russia’s growing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities. In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out … More

    Reduced Nuclear Arms: Slimmer, but Not Smarter

    Would reducing U.S. nuclear arms save taxpayers money? Former Pentagon policy official David J. Trachtenberg responded to Stimson Center co-founder Barry Blechman’s piece arguing that it would. Trachtenberg points out that the money saved by reducing the nuclear stockpile is “negligible compared to the costs of building up [the] conventional … More

    Russia Compliance Problem: How Obama's Policy Is Failing

    In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out that Russia’s compliance issues with arms control treaties have worsened under Vladimir Putin. In 2007, Russia tested a multiple-warhead version of the SS-27 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) despite a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) provision … More

    Iran, North Korea Pose Greater Nuclear Threat Than Russia

    Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, declared Friday that the country will continue uranium enrichment for energy, though most outsiders suspect it will be used for nuclear weapons. Even more troubling, this news comes directly after President Obama’s declaration in Germany that he wants further reductions in the U.S. nuclear … More

    House Pushes Back on Obama’s Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

    The House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) advances U.S. national interests when it comes to U.S. nuclear weapons. The bill prohibits elimination of the nuclear triad and limits availability of funds for further nuclear reductions. The President’s previous arms control treaty, the New Strategic Arms Reduction … More

    Requesting Nuclear Forces Information Is Not “Congressional Dysfunction”

    Transparency is not one of the Obama Administration’s greatest strengths. Walter Pincus of The Washington Post mistakes congressional efforts to better understand the Administration’s nuclear weapons plans for “congressional dysfunction.” Pincus is referring to chairman Mike D. Rogers’s (R–AL) efforts to block the Administration’s request to provide $75 million in … More

    New START: State Department’s “Facts” Don’t Match Reality

    “Three years in, New START has performed exactly as advertised,” writes John Kerry, Secretary of State, in his most recent article. In reality, the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START) was a bad deal for the U.S. three years ago and it remains so today. Kerry says he would … More

    Continuing Resolution: Military Budget Concerns Remain

    This week, the House of Representatives passed its Continuing Resolution (CR) which provides funding for primarily the Department of Defense until the end of this fiscal year. Congress missed the opportunity to reprogram cuts from sequestration or cut even further. It also failed to address sequestration’s serious impact on military … More

    The Hagel Nomination and the Dangerous Folly of “Global Zero”

    North Korea’s third nuclear test and inflammatory YouTube threats against President Obama and American troops have placed the nuclear debate front and center in the nomination fight over former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) as Secretary of Defense. Hagel’s radical views on nuclear disarmament are in line with those of President … More

    Missile Defense Tests Successful, but Future of Program in Doubt

    In an area of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii on February 12, 2013, the Navy and Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful intercept test of a combined sea-based and space-based system against a medium-range ballistic missile. The sea-based component was the Aegis ballistic missile defense system and its already -deployed … More