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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

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 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 9, 2014

The Huffington Post Publishes an Op-Ed by Lt. General Robert Gard on Landmines

America's stubborn anti-personnel landmine policy needs fundamental revision; unfortunately, however, the Obama administration's recent policy statement is business as usual.

Jul 3, 2014

The National Interest Publishes an Op-ed on U.S.-Russian Cooperation by Lt. General Robert Gard and Nickolas Roth

While Russia is certainly capable of paying for security at its own nuclear facilities, it is not yet making the full set of investments needed to ensure that its nuclear stocks are sustainably secured against the full range of plausible threats. Certainly, the United States should do everything it can to convince Russia to provide adequate security for its nuclear facilities. In the meantime, however, the United States has a responsibility to protect its own citizens and its allies from nuclear terrorism.

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 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 10, 2014

The Standard-Times Publishes OpEd on North Korea by Lt. General Gard & Claudia Cheffs

"Refusing to negotiate with the North Koreans unless they make concessions dictated by Washington is counterproductive. Watchful waiting simply results in further advances in the North Korean nuclear weapons program, making America and its allies less secure. Kim Jong Un is willing to talk, and it's in America's interest to pick up the phone and call him," writes Lt. Gen. Gard and Claudia Cheffs for The Standard-Times.

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 31, 2014

Roll Call Publishes OpEd on Nuclear Material Security by Gen. George A. Buskirk & Board Member, Alexandra Toma

"Preventing one of the major threats of our time currently relies on a voluntary mishmash of security arrangements — we can and should do much better. Bolder action is needed to strengthen the persistent weak links in the chain to prevent the world’s most dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands. Congress must now rise to the challenge. There is much work to be done," writes Gen. George A. Buskirk & Alexandra Toma for Roll Call.

Mar 26, 2014

Minneapolis Star-Tribune Letter to the Editor on U.S.-Russian Cooperation by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Together, the United States and Russia have been able to secure dangerous nuclear materials, minimize proliferation, reduce the number of nuclear weapons that could instantly target U.S. cities and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, thereby enhancing U.S. and global security.," writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard for Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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 27, 2014

New York Times Letter to the Editor on Pentagon spending by Lt. General Robert Gard

"Investments in defense programs must target 21st-century security threats, not those we faced during the Cold War," writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard for The New York Times.

Feb 20, 2014

TruthOut Publishes OpEd on Iran Negotiations by Laicie Heeley

"...we can guarantee that as long as the diplomatic process is allowed to continue, Iran's nuclear program will not be allowed to progress, bringing us one step closer to eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon," writes Laicie Heeley for TruthOut.

Feb 3, 2014

National Interest OpEd on Hillary Clinton & Foreign Policy by Usha Sahay

"Now, though, with the Bush years in the rearview mirror, Democrats are finding that they need to explain what they stand for. And many are encountering a tension between the antiwar impulses of their base and the more centrist national security philosophy that they have espoused all along, one that allows for the use of force in a way that much of the public is no longer comfortable with," writes Usha Sahay for The National Interest.

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 28, 2014

TruthOut Publishes OpEd on So-Called "Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act" by Dr. Levine, Board Member

"I doubt that the co-sponsors really intend to scuttle the Iran negotiations and break up the international sanctions regime. Rather, like so many scam victims, they wired their money to a political Nigeria without ever reading the fine print," writes Dr. Ed Levine for TruthOut.

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

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.

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