Arms Control Today

Arms Control Today is a magazine published 10 times a year by the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, its subjects are international arms control issues, peace and international affairs. Its audience includes policy makers, educators and the general public.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 7, September

Administration Pushes to Finish "New START"
U.S. and Russian negotiators are set to meet this month as part of an effort to wrap up negotiations by December on a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia, administration officials said recently.But even if the two sides meet that timetable,...
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African NWFZ Treaty Enters into Force
Burundi became the 28th country to ratify the 1996 Treaty of Pelindaba July 15, meeting the pact's requirement for entry into force and creating a nuclear-weaponfree zone (NWFZ) in Africa. The treaty prohibits the possession, development, manufacture,...
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Air Force Creates New Global Strike Command
Citing a lack of "clear lines of authority and responsibility" in its organizational structure, the U.S. Air Force last month announced it was establishing a new Global Strike Command to oversee all of its nuclear forces.Secretary of the Air Force Michael...
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Arms Collection Begins in Southern Sudan
Authorities in Sudan have begun a series of weapons collection programs aimed at increasing security in the semiautonomous southern region of the country as part of an effort to increase stability there prior to national elections scheduled for April....
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Breakthrough and Breakdown at the Conference on Disarmament: Assessing the Prospects for an FM(C)T
The May 29 adoption of a program of work by the Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva marked the first time in 11 years that the 65-member body had taken such action. That step was a cause for celebration as it appeared to open the door to the negotiation...
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Building Up the Regime for Verifying the CTBT
Over the last decade, considerable progress has been made in building up the unique verification regime of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) to monitor the globe for nuclear explosions.The CTBT's global alarm system has grown not only...
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Can This Treaty Be Saved? Breaking the Stalemate on Conventional Forces in Europe
Overshadowed by more pressing issues Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and global terrorism - European security relations with Russia have deteriorated dramatically since the late 1990s. Over the last 10 years, European security policy has been increasingly dominated...
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Change U.S. Nuclear Policy? Yes, We Can
As the administration of President Barack Obama works to complete the congressionally mandated Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) by early 2010, it is clear to most that yesterday's nuclear doctrines are no longer appropriate for today's realities.In an April...
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Editor's NOTE
Treaties in trouble are the subject of two articles in this month's issue. In one, Wolfgang Zellner examines the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and the Adapted CFE Treaty. The latter was never ratified, and Russia has suspended its...
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Export Control Review Launched
The White House last month announced it was launching a major review of the U.S. export control system, and the chairman of a key congressional committee said he hoped to introduce new legislation at the beginning of next year that would replace a central...
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G-8 Tightens Nuclear Export Rules
The members of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries agreed to adopt new rules for sensitive nuclear exports, according to a statement released during the group's July 8-10 summit in L'Aquila, Italy. Subsequent remarks by officials from some...
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IAEA Budget Gets Modest Boost
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors voted Aug. 3 for a rare hike in the agency's budget, raising its 2010 budget to $453 million. That rise represents a 2.7 percent real increase above the 2009 budget, on top of a 2.7 percent...
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India Launches First Nuclear Submarine
India launched its first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine July 26, paving the way for initiating the third leg of its planned nuclear "triad." The vessel, named the Arihant (Destroyer of Enemies) is the first nuclear-powered submarine of any...
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India, U.S. Agree on Defense Trade Monitoring
India and the United States have agreed on an end-use monitoring arrangement that will make it easier for India to acquire advanced U.S. defense equipment, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna announced at a joint press appearance with Secretary of...
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Iran Grants Reactor Access to IAEA
Iran last month accepted long-standing requests by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for greater access to two key nuclear facilities, diplomatic sources said in August. The move appears to represent a shift in Iran's willingness to cooperate...
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LOOKING BACK: Robert McNamara's Logical Legacy
When Robert S. McNamara, the former secretary of defense and so-called architect of the Vietnam War, died this summer at the age of 93, he left behind a fraught legacy.As a statistician, Harvard Business School professor, and Ford Motor executive, McNamara...
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Nuclear Security Summit Planned for March
The United States will host a nuclear security summit in Washington next March, the White House announced July 8.The announcement, which came during the summit of the Group of Eight industrialized countries in L'Aquila, Italy, follows up on a point that...
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Pentagon Defends Planned Arms Cuts
Responding to criticism that the START follow-on treaty, or New START, should wait until the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is completed early next year, the Pentagon announced in August that the U.S. negotiating positions for New START had been cleared...
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Process for Nuclear Pacts Flawed, GAO Says
The process of preparing the government's nonproliferation assessment for proposed nuclear cooperation agreements is flawed and should be improved through better interagency coordination and the adoption of written procedures, the Government Accountability...
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Race Is on for New Head of OPCW
Seeking to avoid the rifts that marked its 2002 election of a director-general, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) member states are aiming to choose a new head at a meeting next month.The current chief, Rogelio Pfirter,...
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Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster
Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World From Nuclear Disaster By Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson Crown Publishers, 2009, 450 pp.The husband-and-wife team of Martin and Annelise Anderson has established a cottage industry...
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South Korea Attempts First Space Launch
South Korea carried out its inaugural space launch attempt Aug. 25, seeking for the first time to place a satellite in orbit using its own rocket. South Korean officials described the launch as "partially successful," as the on-board satellite overshot...
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UK Revokes Arms Export Licenses to Israel
Following public outcry from British citizens and members of Parliament, the United Kingdom in July revoked five licenses for the export of arms components to Israel. The British decision could encourage other European Union (EU) members to review their...
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UN Adds to North Korea Sanctions List
In a key step aimed at implementing a June sanctions resolution against North Korea, the UN Security Council blacklisted 10 North Korean organizations and individuals connected to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs July 16. Security Council Resolution...
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UN Conventional Arms Register Falters
A group of governmental experts examining a UN list of imports and exports of major conventional weapons has failed to agree to add an official category for small arms and light weapons to that annual record, sources familiar with the discussions said....
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Veto Threat Spurs F-22 Cuts
Under a threat by President Barack Obama to use his veto power for the first time, Congress has taken steps to cut spending for additional F-22 fighter jets.Obama issued the veto threat as part of the administration's declared intent to shift defense...
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