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Recent Policy Analysis

Recent Policy Analysis

Dec 1, 2014

National Interest Publishes Article on Minimal-Deterrence by Lt. Gen Robert Gard and Greg Terryn

"The United States’ overstocked nuclear arsenal addresses a threat that no longer exists, and instead results in elevated risks with no added value."

Nov 15, 2014

Wall Street Journal Quotes Angela Canterbury on Pentagon's Announcement to Upgrade Nuclear Forces

Council Executive Director Angela Canterbury was quoted in the Wall Street Journal with her analysis of a press conference Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who announced his $1.5 billion plans to upgrade U.S. nuclear forces.

Nov 14, 2014

Infographic: Iran's Nuclear Report Card

Over the past year, Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the P5+1 interim nuclear deal, the Joint Plan of Action, which has effectively frozen the Iranian nuclear program and placed it under strict and daily monitoring. A final nuclear deal should ensure these same safeguards, along with some additional measures, and ultimately prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Nov 10, 2014

LA Times Quotes Board Member Phil Coyle on Aging U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

"God help us if we ever need them," said Center Board Member Phil Coyle to the LA Times in an article underlining the minimal risk of a U.S.-Russia nuclear standoff, compared to the grave risks posed by the hundreds of ICBM's kept on high-alert on U.S. soil.

Nov 9, 2014

LA Times Quotes Board Member Phil Coyle on Rising Costs of Nuclear Weapons

Center Board Member Phil Coyle was quoted in the LA Times in a two-part story on our aging nuclear weapons arsenal. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the rising costs of maintaining these outdated weapons systems.

Oct 30, 2014

Finalizing the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization (NDAA): Key Issues for Congress

As the House and Senate begin to work behind the scenes to write a final bill of the National Defense Authorization Act, it should take the enclosed seven steps recommended by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Oct 29, 2014

Business Insider Publishes Post by Sarah Tully on North Korea's Nuclear Program

For over a year, the U.S. has been all eyes on Iran, but is this distracting us from states that already have nuclear weapons—such as the ever-unpredictable North Korea? On the Nukes of Hazard blog, Sarah Tully suggests that the DPRK’s nuclear program is “flying under the radar” while the U.S. spends its days engaging Iran and refusing to engage North Korea. The post was most recently published in the Business Insider.

Oct 29, 2014

Business Insider Publishes Post by Angela Canterbury and Sarah Tully on Obama's Nuclear Weapons Reductions

Barack Obama began his presidency by pledging to work toward a world with zero nuclear weapons, beginning of course with reductions to the U.S.'s own massive arsenal. But for a U.S. president to espouse such rhetoric, on the one hand, and to realistically do very little in the way of reductions, is no new phenomenon. Angela Canterbury and Sarah Tully's Nukes of Hazard blog on Obama's failure to make nuclear reductions was published in the Business Insider.

Oct 25, 2014

Antiwar.com Quotes Angela Canterbury on the Cost of Nuclear Weapons Modernizations

Commenting on Obama's plans to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, Angela Canterbury calls for more sensible plans that cut costs and unnecessary nuclear weapons.

Oct 25, 2014

The Diplomat Cites Center Fact Sheet on North Korea

The Center's factsheet on North Korea's nuclear program was cited in a The Diplomat article published last week. The article was published after Gen. Curtis Scaparotti revealed his confidence in North Korea's ability to place a nuclear warhead on a missile.

Oct 24, 2014

Infographic: Why Failing to Get An Iran Deal Would Not Be a Success

On October 23, Former Undersecretary of State Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat told the Jerusalem Post that failing to seal a diplomatic deal with Iran would not be a success.

Oct 18, 2014

LA Times Quotes Phil Coyle on Obama's Plans to Rebuild the US Nuclear Arsenal

"It sends the wrong message to the rest of the world," said Center Board Member Phil Coyle to the LA Times. Coyle said Obama's current plan to rebuild the US nuclear arsenal violates the administration's earlier pledge against developing new nuclear weapons.

Oct 15, 2014

Article on Iran Nuclear Negotiations by Ed Levine Published in Al-Monitor

Al-Monitor publishes a piece by National Advisory Board Member Ed Levine, in which explains why transparency on behalf of Iran and its nuclear program should not be a "litmus test" for the rest of the nuclear negotiations.

Sep 26, 2014

Defense One Publishes Article on Nuclear Spending By Angela Canterbury and Kingston Reif

"As the bill for nuclear weapons grows larger and larger in the coming years, Congress must scrutinize the commitment to keep last century’s nuclear arsenal."

Sep 21, 2014

Letter to Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel on Iran's Nuclear History

Laicie Heeley, Director of Middle East and Defense Policy at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, signed onto a letter critiquing efforts by Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Elliot Engel to thwart a nuclear deal with Iran on the basis of the possible military dimensions (PMD) of its nuclear history.

Sep 19, 2014

Fact Sheet: Government, Former 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.

Sep 16, 2014

US News Cites Kingston Reif on the Islamic State's Potential Use of Chemical Weapons

Kingston Reif weighs in on U.S. concerns that secret stockpiles of chemical weapons remain within Bashar Assad’s arsenal despite, international efforts to destroy them, and that they may have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State.

Sep 12, 2014

Huffington Post Publishes Council Board Member Matthew Hoh's Story on Obama's Middle East Strategy

"The United States' official policy in the Middle East is now perpetual war. What has been known for some time, including by those of us who have served overseas, by the millions who have suffered through our bombs and our bullets, and, of course, by the hundreds of thousands whose lives have been ripped from their families and from any promised futures, President Obama solidified last night"

Sep 10, 2014

Testimony by Peter Galbraith to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Read the testimony on genocide in Northern Iraq by Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith in front of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, and Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa on September 10, 2014.

Sep 6, 2014

The Economist Story on Missile Defense Quotes Kingston Reif and Phil Coyle

Senior science fellow Phill Coyle tells The Economist that as of June, the FTG-06b has failed all five intercept tests conducted since 2008, even though each was meticulously “scripted for success.”

Sep 5, 2014

Real Clear Defense Publishes Article on U.S. Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe by Kingston Reif

"To the extent nuclear weapons are a topic of discussion at the summit, the emphasis should be on moving towards a strategy that better reflects the current threat, political, and financial environments," writes Kingston Reif.

Aug 26, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter to the Editor on Russian Arms Control Cheating by Kingston Reif

"There are serious compliance concerns associated with Russia's past and present implementation of some arms-control treaties," writes Kingston Reif "But that's not a reason to throw the arms-control baby out with the bath water."

Aug 21, 2014

The Air Force can’t hide from the cost of nuclear weapons

Rebuilding the Air Force’s current suite of nuclear forces won’t come cheaply, writes Kingston Reif.

Aug 15, 2014

Senate Appropriators Defy Administration on Nukes

A summary and analysis of the FY 2015 Senate Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Bill and report.

Aug 14, 2014

Real Clear Defense Publishes Article on Nuclear Weapons Policy and Spending by Kingston Reif

"Fortunately, the United States can guarantee its security and that of its allies in a more fiscally sustainable manner by continuing to pursue further reductions in U.S. nuclear forces and scaling back current modernization plans," writes Kingston Reif.

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.

Jul 1, 2014

Fact Sheet: Iran’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs

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

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.

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.

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