More FY 2015 budget analysis over on the mother ship, this time on the Obama administration's disturbing cuts to the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) core nuclear and radiological security programs. Here's a teaser: In its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Continue →
Professor Gerry Warburg has authored a new book: Dispatches from the Eastern Front: A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama.
In the words of well-known political pundit, Larry Sabato, it is a “wide-eyed, brutally Continue →
RUSSIA Russia may freeze weapons inspections in response to U.S. sanctions over Ukraine Kathy Lally and Carol Morello, Washington Post – March 8, 2014 Escalating tensions, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said it would consider stopping international inspections of its nuclear Continue →
The following are some of the key arms control dates and developments to watch in the coming week.
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US-India relations are not in great shape. One indicator: India’s National Security Adviser, Shivshankar Menon, reacted to the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat for visa fraud and disregarding US labor laws as “despicable and barbaric.” In contrast, Continue →
By Daryl G. Kimball (UPDATED: March 9)
President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send Russian military forces into the Crimean region of Ukraine earlier this month—on the basis of the claim that Ukraine’s discredited former President Viktor Yanukovich requested Russian intervention—has put Continue →
Author’s note: Significant departures or shifts in timeline are bolded.
A revised plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons has been announced, though technical details remain to be negotiated with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The physical Continue →
By Tom Z. Collina
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned this week that “tough, tough choices are coming” if Continue →
IRAN Iran to receive second installment of previously frozen assets Parisa Hafezi, Reuters - March 6, 2014 Because Iran has held up its end of the nuclear bargain so far, it will receive the second installment of sanctions relief within Continue →
CONGRESS Gottemoeller FINALLY confirmed! Global Security Newswire - March 6, 2014 The Senate has finally voted to confirm Rose Gottemoeller to serve as undersecretary of State for arms control and international security. A 58-42 vote ended the debate. Gottemoeller has Continue →
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on March 3 had this to say about recently-voiced Chinese concerns about Japan’s plutonium inventory:
We have drawn (the) conclusion that all nuclear materials in Japan stay in peaceful purposes… Therefore, I do not have (a) reason Continue →
DEFENSE SPENDING Non-proliferation spending falls in favor of nuclear weapons John Fleck, Albuquerque Journal - March 4, 2014 The fiscal year 2015 budget includes additional spending for the National Nuclear Security Administration's weapons account, rising from from $7.78 billion FY14 Continue →
UKRAINE Ukraine: Should it have eliminated its Cold War nukes? Elaine Grossman, Global Security Newswire - March 3, 2014 With Russian troops now occupying Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, some have wondered whether it was a smart move for Kiev to eliminate Continue →
I've published a new piece on the Center homepage on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's preview of the FY 2015 Pentagon budget request last week and the implications for nuclear weapons. Here's the intro: Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Continue →
As the crisis in Ukraine continues to dominate global attention and the news headlines, several other arms control developments of significance in the coming week.
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It’s not easy to leave the mothership, but artists sometimes flourish by venturing away from the familiar. George Harrison’s talent was constrained by the Beatles, who already had two musical geniuses as front men. Harrison’s crowning achievements came after the Continue →
As we approach the release of the Pentagon’s budget request, many questions remain, but one thing is certain – the request will be controversial, it will scare a lot of folks, and all of the hoopla might just work to Continue →
AFGHANISTAN All options on the table for NATO Adrian Croft and Justyna Pawlak, Reuters - February 27, 2014 NATO plans and hope to retain a small presence in Afghanistan past 2014 together with United States forces. Due Continue →
NORTH KOREA U.S. needs a “fresh look” at North Korea David Brunnstrom, Reuters - February 26, 2014 This past Wednesday, U.S. foreign policy and North Korea experts gathered on the Hill and said that the U.S. needed a “fresh look” Continue →
IRAN Republican Senators seek a vote on dangerous sanctions bill Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan, Reuters - February 25, 2014 The Kirk-Menendez Bill (S. 1881), which would threaten to impose new sanctions on Iran, was nearly dead after several of Continue →
NUCLEAR WEAPONS Nuclear Triad to Survive Spending Cuts Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire - February 24, 2014 U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday that the nation would keep its air-land-sea nuclear triad approach to the nuclear arsenal, Continue →
DEFENSE SPENDING Projected Department of Defense Budget to Ignore Sequester Cuts Marcus Weisgerber and Christopher P. Cavas, The Military Times - February 23, 2014 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will offer a preview of the next five years in defense Continue →
The bronze medal goes to a brilliant person who can find a name that sticks to characterize a decade. Do we have one yet for 2000 – 2010? Anyone who gets to name an “age,” even if it’s not that Continue →
In the coming days, the staff and editors at the Arms Control Association will be keeping an eye on the following arms control-related developments.
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IRAN Iran’s most contested stockpile declines significantly Fredrik Dahl, Reuters – February 20, 2014 The size of Iran’s most contested uranium stockpile has decreased significantly for the very first time in four years after the historic first step deal was Continue →