Arms Control

Ships of the Desert

by Jeffrey on September 16, 2014

I have long wanted Allen Thomson to take up blogging.  Allen is one of those old guys — you know, the kind who have forgotten more than you’ll ever know, but aren’t well known from the DC rubber chicken circuit or hanging out in various cable TV green rooms.

If you’re Continue →


Could the Loch Ness Monster Lose Its Bang?

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on September 16, 2014

Scotland is best known for scotch, golf, and the Loch Ness Monster; but a new phrase should come to mind as of late: nuclear weapons. Scotland will hold a historic referendum this Thursday to vote on independence. If Scotland’s largest political party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), gets its way, Continue →


Action, Reaction

by krepon on September 16, 2014

The best definition of the “action-reaction” syndrome was provided by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara during a deeply conflicted speech before United Press International editors and publishers on September 18, 1967. McNamara used this occasion to rail against the nuclear arms race while endorsing a limited ballistic missile defense, ostensibly Continue →


Shutting the Door to Nuclear Testing

by Jacob Marx on September 15, 2014

On the radar: Nuclear test ban; START’s significance; IAEA probe update; Rebuilding the arsenal from scratch; Nixon, Israel and the Bomb; and Nuclear war, done in stained-glass.

September 15, 2014 | Edited by Jacob Marx and Will Saetren

Banning nuclear tests - “After conducting 1,030 nuclear test explosions, the United States simply doesn’t Continue →


A Note from our New Scoville Fellow, Greg Terryn

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on September 12, 2014


My name is Greg Terryn and I’m the new Scoville Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.  I’m a recent graduate from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy’s Undergraduate program at the University of Michigan, where my studies focused on international crisis and recovery policy. As Continue →


A Note from Our New Communications Associate, Amanda Waldron

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on September 12, 2014

Today marks my tenth day as Council for a Livable World’s newest communications associate, and my eleventh day in Washington, D.C. I haven’t yet had a chance to adjust to the humidity, but I’m already diving head first into fundraising for our candidates, managing the Council’s web presence and social Continue →


Get to know our new fall interns!

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on September 12, 2014

Council for a Livable World is pleased to welcome Katie McCarthy and Sarah Tully as our newest interns this fall. They both come to the Council and Center with impressive backgrounds and unique skills.

Katie McCarthy is a fall intern at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation. After Continue →


Time to Change U.S. Missile Defense Culture

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on September 11, 2014

By Philip Coyle

As a taxpayer, you might be disappointed to learn that the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and its contractors haven’t been following standard and essential quality control procedures when it comes to the design, development, and production of a key missile defense system. If not, you should be. Continue →


Myths and Realities: Iranian ICBMs?

by Kelsey Davenport on September 11, 2014

Iran tests a Shahab-3 during exercises in 2012. Photo Credit: AFP

By Jonah Aboni

The Iranian nuclear program is a source for international concern. The concern genuinely stems from the suspicion that the Iranian nuclear program might not be exclusively peaceful. Consequently, the United States and its P5+1 partners (China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom) have engaged in diplomatic talks Continue →


A Solution for Nothing

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on September 11, 2014

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation to present a strategy to combat what he calls the worst terrorist threat the U.S. has faced in over a decade. He reminded Americans that, on this very day 13 years ago, the illusion of invincible American security was shattered. “We live in Continue →


Decisive? Or Decisively Wrong!

by Council for a Livable World -- The Chain Reaction: on September 10, 2014

In 2003, President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and General Tommy Franks were resolute and decisive when they launched their drive to oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime thorn in the U.S. side. The United States came to regret that bold decision.

After the 1964 election, President Continue →


U.S. Nukes in Europe are Useless

by Nukes of Hazard Blog: on September 9, 2014

The Center's Kingston Reif published an op-ed in "RealClearDefense" on September 5th on the role U.S. tactical nuclear weapons play, or more accurately shouldn't play, in NATO's security strategy. Criticizing the weapons as expensive, lacking military purpose, and unnecessary in the modern European security framework, Reif lays out several arguments Continue →