Author Archives: Greg Thielmann

More Collateral Damage from Missile Defense

U.S.-Russian negotiations on strategic arms reductions have demonstrated time and again that U.S. missile defense plans are an obstacle to negotiating lower levels of offensive nuclear forces.  Security experts have been providing more reminders lately that in attempting to treat … Continue reading

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Senator Inhofe, There You Go Again

By Greg Thielmann Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken his tried and (un)true mantra about the Iranian ICBM threat on the road, according to recent reporting from his home state.  In language nearly identical to his statement at a Senate … Continue reading

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The Right Stuff

By Greg Thielmann Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) proposed a plan this week for reducing the deficit that includes $79 billion in cuts from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next ten years. In specifying the individual components of a … Continue reading

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Woolsey Misstates the Intelligence in Missile Defense Pitch

By Greg Thielmann I would like to second Sarah Palin in being “appalled and surprised” in reading the June 7 Foreign Policy article by R. James Woolsey and Rebeccah Heinrichs, “Giving Away the Farm.” But the reason for my reaction … Continue reading

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Getting a Faster New START

By Greg Thielmann When traveling the interstate on a long car trip, it’s usually better to get up to maximum safe speed rather than creeping along at the legal minimum. Likewise, in order to achieve the full benefits of the … Continue reading

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Bad Betting Advice on Iran from The Washington Post

The Washington Post’s editors are reinforcing the Iranian government’s narrative with respect to Tehran’s nuclear program. Last November, the editors criticized Defense Secretary Gates for “talking down military action [against Iran].” This week, they assert that a “better course [than … Continue reading

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Whither Strategic Arms Control: Clues from Carnegie

By Greg Thielmann Last week’s 2011 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. provided some revealing perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead for future strategic arms control agreements between the United States and Russia. The dynamics of strategic … Continue reading

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