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Apr 16, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2015 Budget Request for Nuclear and Radiological Material Security and Nonproliferation Programs

A summary of the FY 2015 budget request for nuclear and radiological security and nonproliferation programs.

Apr 3, 2014

Ukraine and the future of nonproliferation

How will Russia’s annexation of Crimea affect other countries’ efforts to become or remain nuclear powers, asks Kingston Reif in his March/April Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists column?

Mar 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2015 Budget Request for Replacement Nuclear Delivery Systems and Warhead Life Extension Programs

A summary of the FY 2015 budget request for nuclear weapons replacement and warhead life extension programs.

Mar 6, 2014

New Obama Budget Slashes Nonproliferation

For the third year in a row the NNSA budget submission continues a disturbing trend of cutting funding for core nuclear and radiological material security programs, writes Kingston Reif.

Mar 3, 2014

In the Shadow of the Nuclear Modernization Mountain, Nuclear Weapons Budget Ripe for Savings

It would be puzzling if the Pentagon shields nuclear weapons from the chopping block in its budget request, writes Kingston Reif.

Feb 27, 2014

Obama's nuclear legacy on the line

He’s made progress on Iran, but the rest of the president's nuclear agenda has stalled, writes Kingston Reif in his February Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Column.

Feb 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: FY 2014 Budget Request and Appropriations for Replacement Nuclear Delivery Systems and Warhead Life Extension Programs

A summary of U.S. government spending on nuclear weapons replacement and warhead life extension programs in FY 2014.

Feb 11, 2014

The Defense That Does not Defend: More problems for national missile defense

In the wake of a new report by the Pentagon's in-house tester, spending even more money to expand the troubled Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system is a fool’s errand, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Jan 22, 2014

A necessary evil

The recent nuclear deal with Iran allows it to enrich uranium, but puts it farther away from a weapon. So why do some argue that it undermines nonproliferation?

Jan 15, 2014

FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Summary and Analysis

A summary of final FY 2014 appropriations for national security spending, nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, and missile defense.

Dec 17, 2013

Analysis of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 3304

A summary and analysis of the final conference version of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.

Dec 11, 2013

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Reduce the Bombs

"Since the end of the Cold War, the size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile has dropped steadily - from about 22,000 warheads to roughly 5,000 today. But perhaps the best kept non-secret of U.S. nuclear policy is that most of these reductions haven’t been codified in treaties," write Kingston Reif & Usha Sahay.

Nov 26, 2013

Non-Treaty Reductions to the U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

In this report, Kingston Reif & Usha Sahay examine the means by which presidents have reduced the size and scope of the U.S. nuclear arsenal since the end of the Cold War.

Nov 20, 2013

Making a nuclear deal with Iran

On November 20, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers will resume. Only negotiation can check Tehran’s nuclear program, writes Kingston Reif in his November Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Column.

Oct 25, 2013

Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

The proposed B61 life extension program is unaffordable, unworkable, and unrealistic writes Kingston Reif in his October column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Sep 24, 2013

Navy Tries a Budget Sleight-of-Hand to Pay for Ballistic Missile Submarines

The enormous cost to recapitalize America’s fleet of ballistic missile submarines should not be swept under the rug by budget games, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Sep 24, 2013

Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor on U.S.-Russian Framework by Kingston Reif

"The Cold War has been over for more than 20 years, but some still seem paralyzed by a counterproductive "us versus them" mentality. Sen. Barrasso doesn't explain why the Russia-brokered deal, even if imperfect, will leave us worse off than military strikes or greater U.S. involvement in the civil war," writes Kingston Reif for The Wall Street Journal.

Sep 17, 2013

Would the United States ever actually use nuclear weapons?

It is impossible to conjure up a believable scenario whereby the United States would use 500 nuclear weapons, let alone nearly 5,000, writes Kingston Reif in his September column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Aug 22, 2013

Fact Sheet: New START and Nuclear Modernization Funding

An assessment of the claim that the President has broken a commitment to the Senate to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

Aug 19, 2013

Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Berlin Speech and New Nuclear Weapons Policy Guidance

In a high-profile speech in Berlin, President Obama announced that he has updated U.S. nuclear weapons policy guidance to comport with the 21st century security environment.

Aug 14, 2013

Blown Opportunity: The Folly of Exempting Nuclear Weapons from Sequestration

The Pentagon says it is exempting nuclear weapons from sequestration. This is a terrible idea, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Aug 5, 2013

Don't blame Moscow

Concerns about Russian treaty compliance aren’t an argument against further arms control writes Kingston Reif in his August column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Aug 2, 2013

Fact Sheet: The B61 Life Extension Program

Information on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s $10 billion B61 nuclear weapon Life Extension Program.

Jul 24, 2013

DefenseOne OpEd: What Ash Carter Gets Wrong about Nuclear Weapons Spending

"First, it’s a sad commentary on the current state of the Pentagon that its second highest-ranking official deems $16 billion in taxpayer dollars to be “trivial”. Every billion adds up, especially in a time of budget austerity. Furthermore, claiming that a particular program “is not a big swinger of the budget” tells us nothing about whether the funding level for the program is appropriate," writes Kingston Reif for DefenseOne.

Jun 19, 2013

Obama in Berlin: Empty aspiration or inspiration to action?

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists turns to a number of prominent nuclear weapons experts for their assessments of Obama’s Berlin speech, including Kingston Reif.

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