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Jan 13, 2015

Sanctions and extensions: How much money will Iran receive?

Policy Director Laicie Heeley sets out to debunk the myth that Iran is "pulling the wool over our eyes" by feigning cooperation over a nuclear deal while reaping the benefits of sanctions relief.

Dec 11, 2014

Defense One Publishes Article by Lt. Gen. Robert Gard on the Pentagon Budget

New threats in the Middle East, a new chief at the Pentagon, and a more Hawkish Congress are combining to create the perfect storm of defense overspending. Lt. General Robert Gard, who chairs the Center board, weighs in for Defense One.

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."

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 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 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 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.

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