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    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

    The Complexities of the Nuclear Weapons Landscape

    Two recently released government reports show that the worldwide nuclear threat is getting more complex and more dangerous. The Defense Science Board (DSB) report shows how hard it can be to develop plans for even monitoring the nuclear landscape. For starters, the nuclear landscape is changing all the time: The … More

    Nuclear Trade Agreements: Not All That Glitters Is Gold

    The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held an important hearing on 123 agreements—that is, agreements the U.S. makes with other countries that govern the exchange of components used in commercial nuclear power. It has been the consistent stance of the U.S. to minimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons. From the … More

    What the President Should Say About Foreign and Defense Policy

    Five years on since Barack Obama took office, it is time for the President to admit the obvious: His foreign and defense policies have largely been a failure. Bewildered Administration policies have eroded national sovereignty, weakened the military, emboldened enemies, and disheartened allies. The Administration’s strategy of “leading from behind” … 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

    H.R. 3766 Wrong Approach to Global Commercial Nuclear Growth

    Last week Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) introduced H.R. 3766, resurrecting the supposed “gold standard” for commercial nuclear trade. However, the bill discourages the very behavior that could help to solve the problems it aims to address. The global expansion of commercial nuclear power does present new challenges. In response, H.R. … More

    Iran Now Unhindered in Obtaining Nuclear Weapons, Experts Warn

    The nuclear deal the Obama Administration negotiated with Iran is flawed by the premature easing of sanctions in return for easily reversed Iranian pledges that do not substantially set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, according to a panel of experts who spoke at a recent Heritage event. The deal also … 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