Author Archives: Matt Sugrue

Provide for the Common Defense: Bolton and Yoo Attack New START

By Matt Sugrue There are certain openings that let you know that you’re in for an experience: the first five minutes of the first Lord of the Rings film, Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s soul scream at the start of the song … Continue reading

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Lower the Curtain on the Airborne Laser

By Matt Sugrue The Airborne Laser (ABL) missile defense system failed its second shoot-down test in a row yesterday. The Missile Defense Agency, which oversees the ABL program, released a statement saying that investigators are looking at the “intermittent performance … Continue reading

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Russia Blocks Iranian Nuclear Access

By Matt Sugrue Xinhua reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree banning Iranian investments in any “commercial activities involving uranium production or use of nuclear material and technology. The presidential decree states, Any investment by Iran, its citizens … Continue reading

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GAO Report on U.S. Arms Sales, 2005-2009

A recently released GAO report highlights the value of U.S. arms sales, either by the U.S. government or licensed private companies, between 2005-2009, as well as some problems with the current U.S. system for reporting arms sales. In one oversight … Continue reading

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New START vs. the Bolton Uncertainty Principle

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue John Bolton argues in the Wall Street Journal that: [United States] will pay for [the New START] mistake in future conflicts entirely unrelated to Russia….New Start’s limits on delivery systems reflect military judgments only marginally. … Continue reading

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Iraq WMD Intelligence Errors Show Value of Verification

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue In his mea culpa op-ed for the Washington Post, Matt Miller reflects on how he, and others, was convinced by faulty intelligence that Saddam Hussein was pursuing nuclear weapons. Without opening up all of the … Continue reading

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Unanticipated Benefits of Arms Control

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue A recently published “proof of concept” by a joint USAMRIID (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease) and AVI BioPharma team shows the possibility for developing a vaccine against the Marburg and Ebola filoviruses. … Continue reading

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Assuaging Concerns About New START

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue In the Washington Post, Stephen G. Rademaker’s chastises New START supporters for not having the “patience and respect for dissenting views” to allay critics’ concerns. He suggests steps treaty supporters could take in order to … Continue reading

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A Close Look at New START Critiques

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue In a recent op-ed for National Review Online, former Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance Paula DeSutter offers some critiques of New START. She writes: the Obama administration’s dismissal of the consequences of … Continue reading

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Trust but Verify: A Brief Response to New START Criticisms

By ACA Intern Matt Sugrue In a recent op-ed, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) argues against New START on the basis of three points: that the Russians will maintain a tactical nuclear weapons advantage over the United States, supposed constraints on … Continue reading

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