An update on nuclear arms control, national security and nuclear weapons policy from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Nukes of Hazard Podcast:
One single person has the sole authority to launch U.S. nuclear weapons: The President of the United States. We spoke with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) about his bill that would limit presidential nuclear authority. Our analysts also discuss the latest North Korean ballistic missile test that could have struck U.S. territory. Listen to the podcast on Center’s website, SoundCloud, iTunes or Google Play.
Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell penned an op-ed in The Cipher Brief explaining the limitations of Ground-Based Missile Defense (GMD), and why diplomacy, not GMD, is the best defense against North Korean missiles. To read her op-ed click here.
Center Quiz Winner: Alice J. Stevenson was the first to correctly answer last week’s Center question by stating that the last nuclear weapon test conducted in the U.S. was on September 23, 1992 in Nevada.
This Week’s Center Quiz: Which treaty did the George W. Bush Administration withdraw the U.S. from in order to develop and deploy the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system?
The first person to send us the correct answer will get a shout out in next week’s newsletter. To participate in either or both quizzes, send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Are Reading:
As of January 2017, the United States has a total of approximately 6,800 nuclear weapons. For more details on the total U.S. nuclear weapons inventory, click here.
Center in the Press:
Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell was quoted in The World Weekly on the conditions that might lead the U.S. and North Korea to resume negotiations. To read the article, click here.
Policy Analyst James McKeon was interviewed by VOA News on North Korea’s latest missile test. To watch the interview (in Spanish), click here.
Executive Director John Tierney was interviewed by WVTM on North Korea’s missile test. To watch the interview, click here.