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Legislation Analysis

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.

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.

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.

Iran Negotiations

Oct 23, 2014

37 Diverse Organizations Support Diplomacy With Iran

37 diverse organizations signed onto a letter vowing their support for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program, and expressing concern over rhetoric from Congress that could damage a deal.

Oct 7, 2014

Laicie Heeley's Response to David Frum Published in The Atlantic

"The more important question is, will the U.S. be able to detect an Iranian move toward reconstituting its program and react in time?" asks Laicie Heeley, Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. "Without a deal, we will lose the ability to monitor and constrain Iran’s nuclear program. Nothing is more dangerous than that."

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.

Nuclear Security

Oct 13, 2014

Business Insider Publishes Nuclear Security Blunder Blog Post by Katie McCarthy

The Center's Katie McCarthy reports on a security blunder involving unauthorized access to a nuclear weapon in the Office of Secure Transportation. Her piece, written for the Center's Nukes of Hazard blog, was picked up and published in the Business Insider this weekend.

Nov 13, 2012

Kingston Reif Speaks at Hudson Institute Event on Nuclear Terrorism Prevention

Video of Kingston Reif's remarks at the Hudson Institute's event "Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Overcoming the Senate Impasse."

Sep 11, 2012

Duyeon Kim Speaks at Columbus State University

On September 11, 2012 Duyeon Kim, Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, was the distinguished speaker at Columbus State University's Richard R. Hallock Speaker Series on "Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Security in the 21st Century."

New START

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."

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.

Dec 11, 2013

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Reduce the Bombs

"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.

Nuclear Weapons Spending

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.

Sep 30, 2014

Letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee Members

Angela Canterbury, Executive Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, signed onto a letter urging congressional Armed Service Committees to consider changes to nuclear-weapons related provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Sep 29, 2014

Letter to the Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

Executive Director Angela Canterbury signed onto a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development to remove funding for a nuclear cruise missile and to include funding for non-proliferation.

CTBT

Jun 15, 2012

Kingston Reif Quoted on the CTBT in Global Security Newswire

The “knock down, drag out fight” over New START “quite rightly” led the administration to forgo any thought of trying to bring the test ban to the Senate during Obama’s first term, said Kingston Reif, nuclear nonproliferation director at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

Apr 16, 2012

CTBT or Not, Nuclear Test Detection and Monitoring Remains Critical

Center for Arms Control and Non Proliferation's Senior Science Fellow Dr. Phil Coyle has a new article in the World Politics Review on U.S. nuclear test detection capabilities and why its important to sustain and improve them with our without the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Apr 9, 2012

The Case for the CTBT: Stronger than Ever

In this day and age, concerns about the maintenance of the stockpile and verification of the CTBT are no longer compelling arguments. In short, the United States should ratify the CTBT as soon as possible, writes Kingston Reif in his monthly Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists column. It has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Non-Proliferation Funding

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."

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.

May 3, 2012

Senate and House Appropriators Increase Funding for Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Programs

Senate and House appropriators deserve credit for prioritizing core nuclear material security and nonproliferation programs in their versions of the FY 2013 Energy and Water bill, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Sequestration

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.

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.

Mar 27, 2014

Analysis of Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

The Obama administration has requested a base defense budget of $495.6 billion for fiscal year 2015. This is approximately equal to the FY14 base budget approved by Congress. It does not, however, include money for the war in Afghanistan or nuclear weapons programs housed at the Department of Energy.

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