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    Obama’s Policy Toward Missile Defense Draws the Ire of Nation’s Leading Defense Experts

    In a recent National Journal article, three-quarters of defense experts interviewed opposed any attempt by the Obama Administration to scale back missile defense deployment in Europe in exchange for promises of Russian cooperation with Iran. “If we drop these plans, we could witness the reemergence of Russia as a dominant … More

    President’s Plan Weakens at Least One Leg of Nuclear Triad

    According to the U.S. Navy, America’s nuclear deterrent triad will be limping on one of its legs for over a decade because of the President’s fiscal year 2013 budget request. The Navy will fall below its 12-boat nuclear-armed submarine requirement for 14 years because the Obama Administration’s plans to delay … More

    Presidential Whispers: Just Stating the Obvious or Revealing Future Plans?

    Major Garrett, a White House correspondent for National Journal, recently authored a piece that seeks to shed light on President Obama’s true missile defense intentions and is a welcome addition to the public discussion. On the eve of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Obama whispered … More

    Obama to Medvedev: "Give Me Space" on Missile Defense

    The United States does not need to protect itself from the threat of ballistic missiles right now. At least that is what President Obama suggests with his recent exchange between himself and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. The exchange was as follows: President … More

    A Game of Nuclear Chicken

    A March 11 editorial The New York Times appears to support the idea that the nuclear arsenal of the United States acts not as a deterrent to the aggressions of other nuclear powers but rather as an invitation to play hardball. The Times cites options being considered by the “Pentagon … More

    Move Toward a Minimal Deterrence Posture Dangerous

    The “Obama proposal for force reduction is foolhardy,” writes Bradley Thayer, professor of political science at Baylor University, in his recent commentary. His post is a reaction to the White House’s effort to unilaterally reduce the number of U.S. operationally deployed nuclear warheads to as low as 300. The decision … More

    White House Fantasies on “Nuclear Zero”

    Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, has reiterated the Administration’s commitment to nuclear arms control at the Getting to Zero Conference at Yale University. In her view, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity regardless of who wields them, and global disarmament is necessary for … More

    Salon’s "Big Neo-Con Lie": Burning the Straw Men

    The rest of the world has woken up to the fact that Iran is a problem on a large scale. Salon magazine, however, is determined to bury its head in the proverbial sand. The online magazine is running a series of articles to discredit anyone who argues for taking out Iran’s nuclear … More

    A Twisted View of Nuclear Parity

    The United States should cut its nuclear weapons capabilities to contribute to deficit reduction, writes Michael O’Hanlon, director of research in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. O’Hanlon qualifies this opinion by stating that “our strategic forces should remain as large as Russia’s.” Yet these two statements are mutually exclusive, … More

    Russia's Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Goes to Sea Trials

    It was reported early in October that Russia’s first fourth-generation nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, successfully conducted its first sea trials. In naval terms, a fourth-generation submarine belongs to the latest and most modern generation of submarines. The Severodvinsk is a Project 885 submarine of the Yásen’ (ash tree) … More