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Dec 10, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Bill Analysis

With the budget to fund the government set to expire on December 11th, the House filed a 1600 page Omnibus Appropriations Bill on December 9th, with votes in both chambers expected December 10th. The following summary provides an analysis of the Bill's appropriations for the Department of Defense and for defense programs that live within the Department of Energy.

Nov 4, 2014

International Business Times Cites Ed Levine's Analysis of Kirk-Menendez Bill

The International Business Times cited National Advisory Board member Ed Levine's analysis of the Kirk-Menendez bill, which could derail diplomacy with Iran over it's nuclear program by creating obstacles to relieving Iran from sanctions.

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.

Iran Negotiations

Nov 4, 2014

International Business Times Cites Ed Levine's Analysis of Kirk-Menendez Bill

The International Business Times cited National Advisory Board member Ed Levine's analysis of the Kirk-Menendez bill, which could derail diplomacy with Iran over it's nuclear program by creating obstacles to relieving Iran from sanctions.

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."

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

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."

Nov 18, 2014

John Isaacs on Huffington Post Live

Watch John Isaacs give his analysis of Defense Secretary Hagel's recent $1.5 billion proposal to repair the U.S. nuclear enterprise on HuffPost Live.

Nov 15, 2014

Wall Street Journal Quotes Angela Canterbury on Pentagon's Announcement to Upgrade Nuclear Forces

Council Executive Director Angela Canterbury was quoted in the Wall Street Journal with her analysis of a press conference Friday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who announced his $1.5 billion plans to upgrade U.S. nuclear forces.

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

Dec 10, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Bill Analysis

With the budget to fund the government set to expire on December 11th, the House filed a 1600 page Omnibus Appropriations Bill on December 9th, with votes in both chambers expected December 10th. The following summary provides an analysis of the Bill's appropriations for the Department of Defense and for defense programs that live within the Department of Energy.

Dec 4, 2014

Summary of Fiscal Year 2015 NDAA

House and Senate Armed Services Committees have come to compromises on the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015, a version of which passed in the House in May. The Center has produced a summary of the House-Senate agreements included in this version of the bill.

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.

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