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. 32, No. 10, December

2001 UN Register of Conventional Arms
The United Nations annually requests that countries voluntarily submit data on their exports and imports of battle tanks, armored combat vehicles (ACVs), heavy artillery combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, and missiles and missile launchers...
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Bare-Bones Multilateralism at the BWC Review Conference
IN JULY 2001 the Bush administration rejected years of work to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), withdrawing from negotiations that had produced a draft of a legally binding protocol intended to help enforce the treaty. A few months...
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Booster for Missile Interceptor a Disappointment, Priority
ON OCTOBER 31, the Pentagon official overseeing U.S. missile defense programs declared that work next year would be focused on developing and testing a booster for intercepting strategic ballistic missiles, an effort he described as disappointing to...
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BWC Review Conference Meets, Avoids Verification Issues
A YEAR AFTER the fifth review conference of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) was suspended amid diplomatic disarray, 94 BWC states-parties met again November 11-15 and agreed to hold annual meetings before the next review conference in 2006 to...
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Congress Approves Nuclear 'Bunker Buster' Research
CONGRESS HAS AUTHORIZED research into the feasibility and cost of developing a robust nuclear earth penetrator (RNEP), with up to $15 million slated to go to U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories in fiscal year 2003 to work on modifying existing nuclear...
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Congress Authorizes 2003 Missile Defense Funding
CONGRESS APPROVED $7.4 billion for the Pentagon to spend on ballistic missile defenses for fiscal year 2003 in October legislation and mandated that the Pentagon share more information on its missile defense plans with Congress in legislation passed...
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Congress Gives Bush Three-Year Waiver for Threat Reduction
THROUGH THE FISCAL year 2003 Defense Authorization Act, which was sent to the White House November 13, Congress has granted the president the right to waive congressionally mandated conditions that were holding up funds for the Cooperative Threat Reduction...
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Debunking the Missile Defense Agency's 'Endgame Success' Argument
THE PENTAGON'S MISSILE Defense Agency (MDA) has become increasingly averse to providing detailed reports to Congress or the public on the progress of U.S. missile defense programs. It has also recently decided to classify more information about missile...
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KEDO Suspends Oil Shipments to North Korea
THE KOREAN PENINSULA Energy Development Organization (KEDO) announced November 14 that it would suspend heavy-fuel oil deliveries to North Korea in response to Pyongyang's October acknowledgement that it has a uranium-- enrichment program, which could...
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National Insecurity Strategy
FOCUS Two years after taking office, the Bush administration has embraced a "new" National Security Strategy that relies heavily on counterproliferation and pre-emptive action to "deter, dissuade, and defeat" adversaries armed with weapons of mass destruction...
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NATO Expands; Members Support Iraqi Disarmament
AT A NOVEMBER 21-22 summit marked by invitations to seven countries to join the alliance, NATO endorsed disarming Iraq, creating a military force capable of fighting anywhere in the world on short notice, and studying missile defenses against all ranges...
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North Korea Is No Iraq: Pyongyang's Negotiating Strategy
Washington has to understand that Pyongyang is seeking an end to its hostile relationship with the U.S. When Washington fails to reciprocate, Pyongyang retaliates. The revelation that North Korea is buying equipment useful for enriching uranium has led...
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Pentagon Memo Raises Possibility of Nuclear Testing
A MEMORANDUM FROM a high-level Pentagon official recommending that the United States consider a low-yield nuclear testing program to help maintain the nuclear weapons stockpile surfaced November 15, just two days after Congress delayed an attempt to...
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Report Call for Development of Nonlethal Weapons
THE U.S. MILITARY should place a higher priority on developing and deploying so-called nonlethal weapons, the private National Research Council (NRC) concluded in an unclassified November report to the Pentagon. The council is part of the National Academy...
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The Next Steps in U.S. Nonproliferation Policy
We must not only accelerate dismantlement efforts in Russia, we must broaden our capability to address proliferation risks elsewhere and build a global coalition to support such efforts. In 1991, Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) and I pushed a bill through Congress...
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Third Sea-Based Missile Intercept Succeeds
A ship-based missile defense system designed to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles scored its third consecutive success in a November 21 intercept test off Hawaii. Unlike the past two tests, which took place in January and June, this...
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UN Says Liberia Illegally Importing Arms
The United Nations released a report October 25 revealing that Liberia illegally imported more than 200 tons of weapons from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) between June and August of this year. Liberia is prohibited from receiving arms under...
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UN Security Council Resolution 1441
The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1441 by a vote of 15-0 on November 8, requiring Iraq to admit inspectors from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)....
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UN Weapons Inspections Begin in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS WEAPONS inspectors returned to Iraq this month for the first time since December 1998 after the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1441 November 8 requiring Iraq to admit inspectors. Following months of debate over how to disarm Iraq,...
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U.S., U.K. Leave Ukraine with Few Answers
U.S. and British investigators have been unable to conclude whether Ukraine illegally supplied Iraq with an advanced early-- warning system two years ago, according to their report on the alleged sale, which was delivered November 5 to Ukrainian officials....
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Weight Jeopardizes ABL Test Schedule
LIEUTENANT GENERAL RONALD Kadish, who is in charge of U.S. missile defense programs, raised doubts October 31 about whether the Airborne Laser (ABL) will be ready for its first intercept test, scheduled for 2004. Kadish cited concerns about how the airplane...
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