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Rubio Approach on INF Treaty Concerns Is Counterproductive

By Tom Z. Collina (UPDATED March 29) Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other members of Congress are right to be concerned that Russia may not be complying with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The State Department confirmed in … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Triad, for Less

By Tom Z. Collina Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned this week that “tough, tough choices are coming” if the Pentagon is forced to make deep spending cuts, as required by law. Options on the table include slashing 20,000 to 30,000 … Continue reading

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Blame the Mission, Not the Missileers

By Tom Z. Collina  In the wake of alarming reports that some Air Force nuclear-armed missile operators have been cheating on performance tests, using drugs, napping on duty, failing to follow safety rules, and more, the Pentagon announced Jan. 23 … Continue reading

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The Week Ahead Jan. 20-27: Iran Nuclear Deal Implemented; Downwinders Day

This bulletin highlights significant events in the world of arms control in the coming days, as compiled by staff and friends of the Arms Control Association. For more news and analysis on these and other weapons-related security issues, consider subscribing to ACA’s … Continue reading

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Friday’s Missile Defense Test: What Will It Mean?

By Tom Z. Collina In its own multi-million dollar display of fireworks, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will conduct an intercept test of the Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) system on Friday, July 5. This will be the first test of … Continue reading

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Senate Scales Back the B61

By Tom Z. Collina In a victory for fiscal sanity, Senate appropriators today cut the budget for the B61 gravity bomb, a $10 billion program to upgrade a weapon that President Obama said last week he wants to reduce. Given … Continue reading

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Nuke Subs Sinking Navy Budget

By Tom Z. Collina In these days of high-stakes budget battles on Capitol Hill, it is typical for budget managers to point at someone else’s program as the problem. But when everyone starts pointing at the same program, you know … Continue reading

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The Prague Nuclear Agenda, Part Two

By Tom Z. Collina Four years after the historic speech in Prague laying out his nuclear policy priorities, President Barack Obama must now decide which issues to focus on in his second—and last—term. The administration accomplished many important arms control … Continue reading

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New START Almost Goes Over the Cliff

By Tom Z. Collina and Daryl G. Kimball In all the last minute drama about whether the nation would fall off the ‘fiscal cliff,’ it went largely unnoticed that the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) almost took … Continue reading

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East Coast Missile Defense? Just Say No, Again

By Tom Z. Collina The FY 2013 Defense Authorization Bill is on the Senate floor this week, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is planning to offer an amendment that would promote the construction of a missile defense site on the … Continue reading

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