Dec 12, 2013
"America’s best diplomats, along with the help of the international community, have worked for years to establish the incentives to achieve this good deal. They deserve our thanks. Now the United States and our allies are freezing the most proliferation-sensitive aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, beginning a modest rollback of its capability, and establishing the outlines of a long-term deal that will permanently eliminate the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. That’s a big step forward and one that all Americans should support," writes Laicie Heeley for CNN's GPS.
Dec 11, 2013
"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 9, 2013
"Congress should give this initial deal a chance to succeed while the international community closely monitors Iranian compliance, and works to achieve a comprehensive resolution to the Iranian nuclear program.," writes Generals Robert Gard, Norman Seip & Stephen Cheney for Stars and Stripes.
Nov 21, 2013
"The only hope for achieving the objective of a nuclear free Korean Peninsula, or even reducing the threat posed by a nuclear armed North Korea, is through negotiations. Isolating and sanctioning Pyongyang increases its incentive to earn hard currency by selling weapons and nuclear technology on the black market. It is difficult to understand why the U.S. administration is willing to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program but not with North Korea," writes Lt. General Robert Gard for The Diplomat.
Nov 20, 2013
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 7, 2013
"America’s national security establishment agrees that military force will not advance U.S. interests in the region. It would make things catastrophically worse. Advocates of military action posit that a “targeted” strike would send a message to Tehran. But retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, disagreed that military force could achieve that goal, saying in 2012 that an attack on Iran “would guarantee that which we are trying to prevent -- an Iran that will spare nothing to build a nuclear weapon and that would build it in secret," writes Laicie Heeley for DefenseOne.
Nov 4, 2013
"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.
Nov 4, 2013
"As diplomats appear to be making a concerted effort to overcome the political and bureaucratic constraints that have held them back in the past, Congress would do well to do the same. A close look at the lessons of history, and a willingness to adopt the political courage and diplomatic creativity that has hindered progress in the past, could permit this momentum to continue. In this way, the initial signs of progress that appeared in Geneva could finally be translated into the meaningful settlement that has evaded the United States and Iran for a decade," writes Usha Sahay for The National Interest.
Oct 25, 2013
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
"Diplomacy is the only path to achieving a solution to the nuclear crisis. This will not be an easy path, but it is the right one to take. The stakes are simply too high to abstain from a strong diplomatic effort." writes Lt. General Robert Gard for The Huffington Post.
Sep 24, 2013
"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
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.
Sep 15, 2013
"In this context, trustpolitik is at best the beginning of a long process that may work or flop, but at some point all six parties will somehow need to return to the table – even if that means going back to square one. Otherwise, the region may find itself dealing with a more sophisticated North Korean nuclear program sooner than expected," writes Duyeon Kim.
Aug 19, 2013
"Strong international sanctions, the strongest ever imposed on a country, have been successful in bringing Iran to the table. Now is the time to capitalize on the leverage gained from these sanctions and secure a deal.," writes Laicie Heeley for The Wall Street Journal.
Aug 5, 2013
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
"The election of new president Hassan Rowhani in Iran has presented a rare moment of modest optimism, both in Congress and in the administration, for a deal with Iran. But if the moment is not seized, it will be short-lived," writes Laicie Heeley for The National Interest.
Jul 31, 2013
"Washington and Tehran share a long history of mistrust that won’t disappear overnight. But for the moment, it appears that there may be a glimmer of hope."
Jul 24, 2013
"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.
Jul 10, 2013
"If Russia agrees to come to the table, the number of nuclear weapons that could be immediately targeted at U.S. cities would decrease from 1,550 to approximately 1,000."
Jul 9, 2013
The Berlin Agenda is ambitious, but carries the potential for significant pay offs. If the provisions of the Berlin agenda are realized, the U.S. will be one step closer to a future without the threat of nuclear terrorism or annihilation. As Obama said, "As long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe" -- that's something upon which J.F.K., Reagan, Bush and Obama have agreed.
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