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New START: One year later

Feb 2, 2012

New START: One year later

With the anniversary of New START's entry into force, it's time for an examination of the treaty's successes, future opportunities, and the hurdles nuclear arms reductions still face, writes Kingston Reif in a new article published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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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.

Aug 22, 2013

Fact Sheet: New START and Nuclear Modernization Funding

An assessment of the claim that the President has broken a commitment to the Senate to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

Aug 5, 2013

Don't blame Moscow

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.

Jun 3, 2013

Fact Sheet: The New START Treaty

Information about the New START treaty, the arms reduction agreement between the United States and Russia that was signed in 2010 and entered into force in 2011.

Feb 15, 2013

The Banality of Unilateral Nuclear Cuts

Kingston Reif describes the options available and historical precedents for reducing the US nuclear arsenal without a formal treaty on Time's Battleland blog.

Oct 22, 2012

Fact Sheet: Fifteen Foreign-Policy Challenges For the Next President

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation’s list of the fifteen most pressing issues that the next President must confront.

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.

Aug 31, 2012

Nuclear Weapons: It Is Important to Continue Drawing Down

Nuclear weapons reductions under the New START treaty are clearly in American security interests, and further cuts, ideally negotiated with Russia and eventually other nuclear powers, are squarely in the national interest, write John Isaacs and Kingston Reif in the Fall 2012 edition of VETERAN'S VISION.

May 21, 2012

HASC Bill Shows GOP Stuck in Cold War; Reduce SSBN-X, Nukes

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are still stuck in the Cold War write Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA) and Kingston Reif in an Op-Ed in AOL Defense.

May 10, 2012

House Armed Services Committee Gone Wild -- Again

If you thought last year’s House version of the defense bill was bad, this year’s iteration is even more extreme writes Kingston Reif.

Feb 15, 2012

Rep. Turner vs. the Budget Control Act: More Nukes is Good Nukes

Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) argues that the FY 2013 budget request does not provide enough money for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) nuclear weapons programs. But not only did Turner lose this funding battle when Congress passed the Budget Control Act, but preventing the reductions required by New START would undermine U.S. security, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Jun 6, 2011

Breaking Down the First New START Data Exchange

On June 1, the State Department released a fact sheet detailing the aggregate numbers for the strategic nuclear weapons limited by the treaty. According to the fact sheet, as of February 5, 2011, Russia had 1,537 deployed strategic warheads, 521 deployed strategic delivery vehicles, and 865 deployed and non-deployed launchers. The United States had 1,800 deployed strategic warheads, 882 deployed strategic delivery vehicles, and 1,124 deployed and non-deployed launchers. This means that Russia has already met two of the treaty’s three limits eight years early, writes Kingston Reif in this new analysis.

Feb 4, 2011

How New START Was Won

On February 2, President Obama officially ratified the New START treaty in a low-key signing ceremony at the White House. The eight month-long campaign to win the Senate’s approval of the treaty, however, was anything but low-key. It was a knock down, drag out fight, the outcome of which was in doubt until the very end. In this new analysis, Kingston Reif outlines some of the key factors that pushed New START across the finish line.

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