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. 33, No. 9, November

Army Report Details Patriot Record in Iraq War
A NEW ARMY report reaffirms earlier Pentagon claims that the Patriot missile defense system destroyed all Iraqi missiles that it engaged during the invasion of Iraq, but does not fully account for why the system failed to target several other Iraqi missiles...
Battle Brewing over Congressional Investigations
AS CONGRESS PROBES the Bush administration's failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, battle lines are forming over how far the investigations should go. The Republican chairs of both the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence...
Brazil Prepares to Enrich Uranium for Reactors
BRAZIL PLANS TO begin enriching uranium for its nuclear reactors next year and hopes to export enriched uranium by 2014, Brazilian Science and Technology Minister Roberta Amaral announced Oct. 6.The news comes 10 months after Amaral made headlines when...
Bush Hints at North Korea Security Agreement
SOME HEADWAY WAS made in October toward breaking the stalemate between the United States and North Korea, but it is far from clear that the year-long crisis surrounding North Korea's nuclear program will be settled anytime soon. President George W. Bush...
Consolidating Threat Reduction
In recent years, the leaders of Russia and the United States have had to acknowledge a profound irony: the more they succeed in reducing Cold War arsenals of alert nuclear weapons, the greater their vulnerability to nuclear terrorism. The threat comes...
Course Correction on North Korea?
Wearing a somber gray suit, North Korea's number two leader entered the White House and met with President Bill Clinton for 45 minutes. The unprecedented visit produced a joint communique and put efforts to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programs back...
Curbing Nuclear Proliferation: An Interview with Mohamed ElBaradei
ACT: Obviously, it looks like there's been some good news this morning coming out of Tehran. I just wanted to get your reaction to Iran's announcement that it will allow IAEA inspections and suspend its uranium-enrichment activities.ElBaradei: Yes, it's...
Deconstructed: Kay's Congressional Testimony
Biological WeaponsDavid Kay, chief U.S. weapons inspector, told Congress that "Iraq after 1996 further compartmentalized its program and focused on maintaining smaller, covert capabilities that could be activated quickly to surge the production of [biological...
Defense Science Board Calls for New Nuclear Weapons Capabilities
The Defense Science Board (DSB) is recommending that the United States scale back its current reserve nuclear weapons stock-pile and develop lower-yield nuclear weapons that cause less collateral damage. The recommendation is contained in a yet-to-be-released...
Effort to Find WMD in Iraq Comes Up Short
THE U.S.-LED effort to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has so far found no evidence that Iraq possessed chemical or biological weapons or that it was actively reconstituting its nuclear weapons program at the time coalition forces invaded...
Former Negotiator Warns Bush: Last Chance for Diplomacy with North Korea
ONE GLANCE AT the wall in Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard's new office lined with magazine covers of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il makes clear that the veteran diplomat may have left the State Department, but his interest in striking a deal to rid North...
India, Pakistan Move Forward with New Weapons
SOUTH ASIA'S BALLISTIC missile competition moved to a new phase in October. Amid news that India's Agni I and II ballistic missiles were ready for deployment and had been handed over to the army, Pakistan conducted a round of three ballistic missile...
Interdiction Initiative Participants Agree on End, Differ on Means
THE UNITED STATES has enlisted 10 other countries for its plan to seize shipments of deadly arms to terrorists and countries suspected of pursuing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. However, they have yet to reach consensus on all the measures...
Iran at the Nuclear Threshold
For the past decade, Iran's nuclear program has been a proliferation concern to the United States. Given that Iran is awash with oil and gas reserves and regularly flares off vast quantities of natural gas, Tehran's decision to allocate a major portion...
Israel Allegedly Fielding Sea-Based Nuclear Missiles
U.S. AND ISRAELI officials have declined directly to address an October news report that Israel was arming U.S.-supplied cruise missiles with nuclear warheads. The news came amid increased international attention to nuclear weapons in the Middle East...
National Academy of Sciences Releases Key Report on Biomedical Research Liabilities
The National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council released a report October 8 that calls on the U.S. government to institute a formalized screening system to help mitigate the possibility that biomedical research could be used by terrorists...
New U.S., Russian Chemical Destruction Deadlines Approved
States-parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention have approved the extension of U.S. and Russian interim deadlines for destroying portions of their chemical weapons holdings, leaving undetermined the final date for destroying all stockpiles.Meeting...
Russia Mulls Altered Nuclear Doctrine
THE RUSSIAN MINISTRY of Defense issued a paper Oct. 2 on modernizing its strategic forces that promises a rejuvenated land-based nuclear weapons arsenal for the next 30 years and warns that Russian military doctrine may need to be revised if U.S. policy...
Russia Tops in Quantity of Arms Shipped in 2002
DUE TO ITS export of hundreds of missiles to China and Kuwait, Russia shipped more individual weapons around the globe than any other country last year, according to data volunteered by arms sellers to the UN Register of Conventional Arms.Roughly 120...
State Department Sets Up New Office to Control Some Conventional Arms
THE DEPARTMENT OF State established a new office in October with the stated aim of improving its ability to aid countries plagued by excess, abandoned, and unexploded weapons. The office consolidates under one roof programs to address landmines, small...
The Emergence of a European 'Strategic Personality'
Is the sound of banging we hear the mending of fences between Europe and the United States or the nailing closed of doors? As has been widely acknowledged on both sides of the Atlantic, the rift between the allies over Iraq has been significant and worrying.1...
U.S. Civilian Nuclear Reactor to Produce Weapons Material
In a break from decades-long U.S. policy, a civilian nuclear power reactor will generate power (for homes and businesses) while producing materials for nuclear weapons. The Watts Bar Nuclear Station, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),...
U.S. Requests License for Plutonium Shipment to France
The Department of Energy has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking permission to ship up to 140 kg (308 lbs) of weapons-grade plutonium oxide to France next year to advance U.S. efforts to convert excess U.S. plutonium stocks...
U.S. Reviewing FMCT Policy
The United States has long pushed for a treaty to end the production of the two key building blocks of nuclear weapons, but the Bush administration may change that policy.Even as the U.S. commitment to other arms control agreements has lagged in recent...
White House Ready to Support Sanctions on Syria
A BILL THAT would levy sanctions on Syria is winding its way through Congress and is expected to be signed by President George W. Bush when it lands on his desk later this fall. The House of Representatives voted 398-4 on Oct. 15 to impose economic and...
With Deadline Looming, European Foreign Ministers Strike Deal to Restrict Iran's Nuclear Program
IN A JOINT statement with three European foreign ministers, Iran agreed Oct. 21 to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands that it cooperate with the agency's efforts to allay fears that Tehran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. For now,...