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Oct 20, 2014

Growth in U.S. Defense Spending Since 2001

After adjusting for inflation, the overall trend in base U.S. defense spending has increased since 2001. Since the end of the war in Iraq, however, total spending has declined slightly and, over the last three years, the base budget has plateaued. This is largely due to spending caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

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.

Nov 26, 2013

Non-Treaty Reductions to the U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

In this report, Kingston Reif & Usha Sahay examine the means by which presidents have reduced the size and scope of the U.S. nuclear arsenal since the end of the Cold War.

Sep 3, 2013

Burdens of Man-made Pandemics: A Risk Assessment & History

Senior Science Fellow, Dr. Lynn Klotz examines the risks associated with mammalian transmission gain-of-function research into influenza viruses, in particular H5N1 and H7N9 Asian bird flu viruses. Dr. Martin Furmanski provides a historical review of outbreaks of Potentially Pandemic Pathogens (PPPs) or similarly transmissible pathogens.

May 31, 2013

Are Sanctions on Iran Working?

Laicie Heeley and Usha Sahay explore the impact of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran. They examine the political and economic effects of economic sanctions, as well as their impact on Iran’s decision-making regarding its nuclear program.

Mar 13, 2013

Paper: Decision Time: US-South Korea Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

How the two sides deal with these issues could have important implications not only for their nuclear trade but also for the US-ROK-alliance, future US peaceful nuclear cooperation agreements, the global nonproliferation regime, and the North Korean nuclear threat.

Jan 18, 2013

Back to the Drawing Board: The Need for Sound Science in U.S. Missile Defense in Arms Control Today ($)

Philip Coyle, senior science fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation tackles the need for better science in the U.S. missile defense program.

Dec 17, 2012

Working Paper on the B61 Life Extension Program

A working paper on the B61 life extension program.

Oct 31, 2012

Rebalancing Our National Security: The Benefits of Implementing a Unified Security Budget

Kingston Reif served on the Center for American Progress' Task Force for a Unified Security Budget, contributing research on nuclear material security and non-proliferation funding to a new report.

Oct 10, 2012

Beyond Treaties: Immediate Steps to Reduce Nuclear Dangers

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published "Beyond Treaties," a report on reducing nuclear risks that included a contribution from Kingston Reif, Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation. In the report, Reif proposed that the United States and Russia exchange information on their offensive forces as a confidence-building measure.

Sep 19, 2012

Challenges of Protecting U.S. Nuclear Weapon Materials

If one were to start from scratch building the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure, with an emphasis on security, it is unlikely that it would resemble today’s complex, said Policy Fellow Nickolas Roth at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

May 1, 2012

[Analysis] N. Korea Launches Rocket, Kills U.S. Deal

Defying international warnings, North Korea on April 13 fired a three-stage Unha-3 rocket with the aim of launching a satellite into orbit. The rocket failed and exploded into about 20 pieces over the West Sea (Yellow Sea) between the Korean peninsula and China, according to South Korean military officials. The launch, in effect, shattered a Feb. 29 deal made with the United States on halting all missile and nuclear activities.

Feb 8, 2012

The Case Against Increasing Plutonium Pit Production Capacity

In this new analysis Policy Fellow Nickolas Roth explains the origins and purpose of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF), its significance in terms of U.S. nuclear strategy, and potential consequences.

Jan 11, 2012

[Paper] UNSCR 1540 & the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: A View From Seoul

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has been and remains a staunch supporter of the global nonproliferation regime as it borders a grave security threat and proliferator of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). With the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit just months away, the Republic of Korea should be more interested in enhancing UNSCR 1540, not only as the Summit Chair but against the backdrop of a “Global Korea” policy and the nation’s growing prominence in the nuclear energy industry.

Jan 6, 2012

[Paper] Where Nuclear Safety and Security Meet

A Fukushima-like nuclear accident does not have to be caused by nature. Similar results could be wrought by a dedicated terrorist group that gained access to a nuclear power plant and disabled its safety systems. To guard against natural accidents, terrorist sabotage, and possible combinations of these two classes of events, nuclear plant operators and regulators should consider a combined approach called nuclear safety-security.

Nov 22, 2011

[Paper] 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: Opportunities and Challenges

“There are clear ways in which Seoul can capitalize on its strengths to flavor the 2012 [Nuclear Security Summit] with a “Korean twist” as it maintains depth on key substantive issues that ensure the security of nuclear materials, parts, and facilities…The challenge lies in clearly demonstrating that the benefits outweigh the costs, and that states would have a national interest in further investing their political capital in nuclear security," writes Duyeon Kim, Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation in The Nautilus Institute Policy Forum.

Sep 28, 2011

[Paper] 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: The Korean Twist

Duyeon Kim, Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation, gave a talk at the Korea Economic Institute on September 28, 2011 on ways Seoul can give the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit agenda a Korean flare.

Jun 26, 2011

[Working Paper] 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: Korean Twist

Participating States are gearing up for the March 2012 Nuclear Security Summit aimed at securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world. This paper will attempt to make policy recommendations for the upcoming Summit.

Feb 14, 2011

Analysis of FY 2012 Budget Request

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, which begins on October 1, 2011, the Obama Administration has requested a base budget of $553 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD). This is $13 billion below the Pentagon’s Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) estimate, released last year, but represents about 3 percent in real growth over the funding the department would receive for FY 2011 under the current continuing resolution, which expires on March 4.

Jun 11, 2010

Debt, Deficits, & Defense: A Way Forward

House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), along with a bipartisan task force that includes Senior Policy Analyst Laicie Olson, announced the release of a new report that identifies nearly $1 Trillion in Pentagon budget savings that can be generated over the next ten years from realistic reductions in defense spending. The report was produced by the Sustainable Defense Task Force, a group convened in response to a request from Rep. Frank to explore options for reducing the defense budget’s contribution to the federal deficit without compromising the essential security of the United States.

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