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    The U.S. Should Stop Favoring Russia on Nuclear Weapons

    This week marks the 4th anniversary of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia. Given the abject failure of this treaty, it seems appropriate that the administration chose this week to release its equally misguided plan for U.S. strategic force structure. Even before the ink on the … More

    North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuclear Test

    North Korea threatened on March 30 to carry out a “new form of nuclear test for bolstering up our nuclear deterrence.” The regime declared it has a “more diversified nuclear deterrence” to be used for hitting medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Pyongyang also warned that … More

    Iran: More Sanctions Pressure Needed to Salvage an Acceptable Nuclear Deal

    The Obama Administration, which signed an agreement with Iran on Saturday on how to implement its November 24 interim nuclear deal, is now seeking to suppress bipartisan congressional efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran if it violates the interim agreement. Although the text of the most recent agreement has not … More

    Americans Spend More on Pets Than on Nuclear Weapons

    A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released last week estimates that the cost of nuclear forces for 2014–2023 will be $355 billion—an average of $39.4 billion a year. Nuclear forces are essential for U.S. national security, which makes this investment negligible; indeed, Americans spend much more on their pets. The … More

    B-61 Remains Relevant for U.S. Security

    Efforts to eliminate funding for the B-61 gravity bomb threaten to undermine U.S. deterrence, writes Thomas Karako, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College. Components of the B-61 weapon, the U.S.’s most visible commitment to European security, are reaching the end of their service … More

    Iran Remains a Human Rights Abuser Despite an Interim Nuclear Deal

    In the wake of the recent nuclear deal with the West, Iran’s repressive regime remains hard at work, trampling on individual liberty at every opportunity. Iranians are not likely to see any improvements in the country’s dismal human rights record and continue to live in a state of fear. Iran … More

    Administration Plans to Cut ICBMs

    The Washington Free Beacon reports that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) squadron may be eliminated if the Obama Administration’s draft plan to cut it is implemented. Neither the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) nor any other treaty would compel the Administration to make this move. And it could … More

    Q&A on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, gives us his take on the latest deal with Iran. Will the interim agreement stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program? The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran’s nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a “freeze,” but many … More

    Iran Gains Sanctions Relief from the Obama Administration

    The Obama Administration, eagerly seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, is now signaling that it will ease the sanctions that finally forced Tehran to the negotiating table. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said that the Obama Administration is considering the easing of some sanctions to further … More

    With Iran: Distrust and Verify

    Iranian lawmaker Hossein Naqvi Hosseini said on Wednesday that Iran doesn’t need to enrich uranium above 20 percent, attempting to convince the U.S. that Iran has no intention of using uranium for nuclear weapons. But the Obama Administration should not fall for empty promises or partial deals. Hosseini is not … More