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Recent Policy Analysis

Recent Policy Analysis

Jul 24, 2014

War on the Rocks Publishes Story on P5+1 Iran negotiations by Laicie Heeley & Gen. Robert Gard

“Negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran have agreed on four more months to ensure that they are able to negotiate the best deal on Iran’s nuclear program. But some of the toughest issues remain unresolved," write Laicie Heeley and Gen. Robert Gard.

Jul 23, 2014

The Hill Publishes Blog entry by John Isaacs on the similarities between US intervention in Iraq and Vietnam

"The Vietnam War should have taught us that a large foreign military force can transform a genuine problem into something worse. Yet we repeated that disastrous error in Iraq in 2003 and risk repeating it again in 2014," writes John Isaacs, Senior Fellow at the strong>Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Jul 21, 2014

National Defense Magazine Publishes Story on Missile Defense by Lt. Gen. Robert Gard

"The opportunity costs of investing in an expensive program to counter an unlikely threat, especially in times of constrained defense budgets, must be considered. GAO estimated that about $41 billion has been committed to the GMD program, $4.5 billion of it between fiscal years 2013 and 2017." writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard

Jul 21, 2014

CNN Publishes Op-Ed on Iran Negotiations by Brig. Gen. John H. Johns and Angela Canterbury

"The nuclear talks represent a critical opportunity to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, protect U.S. security, and prevent another war. We must give these talks adequate time to succeed..." write Brig. Gen. John H. Johns and Angela Canterbury for CNN.

Jul 17, 2014

Fact Sheet: U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense

A detailed summary of the basics and key issues surrounding ballistic missile defense.

Jul 15, 2014

Defense One Publishes an Op-Ed by Lt. General Robert Gard on the failure to establish a cooperative effort between security forces and governing institutions in Iraq

The U.S. armed forces have spent considerable time, resources and talent building up and training Iraqi security forces, but lack of a parallel effort to establish governing institutions capable of earning the loyalty and commitment of those forces has doomed their efforts.

Jul 14, 2014

Edward Levine Statement on Iran Letter by Senators Menendez and Graham

Edward Levine, who provided trenchant analysis of the Menendez-Kirk bill last year, comments on the new Iran letter being circulated by Senators Menendez and Graham.

Jun 30, 2014

The National Interest Publishes an Op-ed on Missile Defense by Lt. General Robert Gard and Phil Coyle

There’s an old adage, often applied to government: “Why is there never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over?” This describes the history over the past decade of the GMD system. Ever since 2002, when President Bush called for deployment of the GMD system within two years, there has been a rush to failure, with no time to do it right, and a decade spent doing it over, writes Lt. General Robert Guard and Phil Coyle for The National Interest

Jun 17, 2014

Summary of the House Appropriations Committee version of the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill

A summary of the House Appropriations Committee version of the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill.

Jun 16, 2014

Fact Sheet: The Ohio-Class Replacement Ballistic Submarine Program

A detailed summary of the Ohio-Class Replacement Ballistic Missile Program

Jun 12, 2014

Fact Sheet: The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

The Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, also known as the Nunn-Lugar Program, was created to secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union.

Jun 12, 2014

The promise of the Syrian chemical weapons plan

The Russia-US deal to eliminate Damascus’ stockpile has achieved a great deal—far more than the alternative would have accomplished, writes Kingston Reif in his June Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Column.

Jun 2, 2014

Fact Sheet: Government Officials Agree: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Spending Plans Enormously Costly

A collection of quotes from U.S. military leaders and nuclear laboratory officials on the costs of nuclear weapons.

May 21, 2014

Kingston Reif speaks at CSIS debate on U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe

Watch Kingston Reif participate in a debate at CSIS on U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in Europe.

May 20, 2014

Proposals for a Final Deal with Iran

A summary and comparison of four major proposals for a final deal with Iran.

May 19, 2014

Report Card: Non-Proliferation & Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Program Funding

A report card grading the White House's funding request and the House Armed Services Committee authorization for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism prevention programs for Fiscal Year 2015.

May 9, 2014

When all you have is a Hammer: Strategic Nuclear Forces and the Ukraine Crisis

Expanding missile defense and tactical nuclear forces in Europe in response to Russian meddling in Ukraine would be ineffective at best, counterproductive at worst.

Apr 30, 2014

Fact Sheet: The Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) Program

A detailed summary of the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) Program.

Apr 30, 2014

Fact Sheet: Global Nuclear Weapons Inventories in 2014

A summary of the number of nuclear weapons possessed by each nuclear-armed state in 2014.

Apr 24, 2014

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending

In 2013, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $600.4 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2014 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan.

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 21, 2014

Fact Sheet: The F-35 “Lightning II” JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER (JSF)

A detailed summary of the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

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 30, 2014

New Jersey Star-Ledger Publishes Letter to the Editor on Undermining Iran Nuclear Accord by Usha Sahay

"But the sanctions bill Menendez put forward would effectively change the rules mid-game. Ask any businessman: That is a sure way to end a deal and a business relationship," writes Usha Sahay for The Star-Ledger.

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 17, 2014

Editorials Opposing New Sanctions on Iran

A summary of newspaper editorials opposing new sanctions on Iran while negotiations are ongoing.

Jan 15, 2014

Roll Call OpEd: Spend Smarter, Not More by Generals Gard & Johns

"Our nation needs an open dialogue about government spending, especially on U.S. military programs that damage our national security by ballooning the national debt," writes Lt. General Robert Gard & Brig. General John Johns for Roll Call.

Jan 10, 2014

Analysis of Faults in the Menendez-Kirk Iran Sanctions Bill (S. 1881)

If enacted, the new Menendez-Kirk Iran sanctions bill risks ending the international sanctions regime and leading either to a nuclear-armed Iran or to a war in which U.S. armed forces might well be active participants, writes Center National Advisory Board Member Edward Levine.

Dec 19, 2013

Fact Sheet: Iran’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs

An assessment of the status of Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Dec 17, 2013

Defense Legislation Moves Closer to Senate Vote

“Congressional leaders are coming to realize that Pentagon spending is coming down as the wars are coming to an end. Smart strategy has to be employed to make sure we reduce spending in the right way,” said Laicie Heeley, director of defense policy at the Center. “In future years, appropriators have to begin to reshape spending to address 21st century threats and not those of the past.”

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

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Misses Mark on Security Opportunities

“The deal increases funding for a series of critical international and domestic programs,” said Laicie Heeley, the Center’s Director of Defense Policy. “Tragically, the new deal still pours wasted billions into programs that do not enhance the security of the United States or our allies.”

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.

Dec 4, 2013

Fact Sheet: M1 Abrams Tank

A detailed summary of the US Army's M1 Abrams Tank.

Dec 4, 2013

Fact Sheet: "Star Creep"

A detailed summary of the extensive growth in the number of general and flag officers in the US military in recent years; a trend known as "Star Creep."

Dec 4, 2013

Defense News Story on Wall Street Journal Sequester Editorial Quotes Kingston Reif

More than one defense source sent the editorial to your correspondent on Tuesday, with Kingston Reif of the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation expressing shock to Defense News/Intercepts about the piece’s tone: “WSJ ed board calling out McKeon is a big deal, no?”

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.

Nov 20, 2013

Fact Sheet: TRICARE

A detailed summary of TRICARE; the US military's civilian healthcare program.

Nov 19, 2013

Fact Sheet: Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

A detailed summary of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

Nov 4, 2013

Roll Call OpEd: U.S. Would Benefit From Fixing the Problems With Missile Defense

"The to-this-point-unsolvable challenge to U.S. missile defenses is their vulnerability to decoys, countermeasures, stealth and confusion from space debris from rocket stage separations; the slow pace of testing; and excessively scripted tests that avoid the realities of battle and impede effective operational capability.
A truly effective missile defense would deal with all these challenges rather than building systems that won’t protect American security," writes Lt. General Robert Gard and Philip Coyle for Roll Call.

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.

Oct 16, 2013

OtherWords.org OpEd: A Smarter Pentagon Budget

"The deficit financing of two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus irresponsible increases in the military’s core budget, have created a mountain of debt that threatens the health of our economy," writes Lt. General Robert Gard for OtherWords.org.

Oct 16, 2013

The Hill OpEd: Some Pentagon Spending Actually Harms Our National Security by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Our security is no longer based principally on matching the Soviet Union bomb-for-bomb or on a massive force structure of tanks, planes and ships. Neither of these is effective at deflecting a Chinese cyber attack or a terrorist plot in Nairobi.
The fundamental problems are an outdated strategy, misallocation of resources, and wasteful expenditures on projects that do not enhance security," writes Lt. General Robert Gard in The Hill.

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.

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