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. 31, No. 6, July/August

Allergic Reaction: Washington's Response to the BWC Protocol
Critics of the protocol say it cannot be relied upon to detect violations of the BWC with certainty, but such an argument indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the protocol's purpose. In 1969, President Richard Nixon unilaterally renounced U.S....
A Response to Thomas Neff's 'Decision Time for the HEU Deal'
The alignment of U.S. national security interests and USEC commercial interests supports full and timely implementation of the Highly Enriched Uranium Purchase Agreement. We want to call attention to some of the inaccuracies and distortions in Thomas...
August 2000 Pentagon Report on NMD Technology
After having been withheld from Congress by the Pentagon for more than eight months, an internal Defense Department report detailing program delays and testing failures of the national missile defense (NMD) system was made public June 26. (See p. 19...
Bush Meets Opposition to Missile Defense While in Europe
ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush expressed satisfaction during a mid-- June visit to Europe that Russian President Vladimir Putin and other European leaders had showed "receptivity" to his intention to develop a new strategic framework, including missile...
Bush Outlines Terms for Resuming Talks with North Korea
CONCLUDING A FOUR-MONTH policy review, President George W. Bush announced June 6 that his administration is prepared to resume "serious discussions" with North Korea on a "broad agenda." The decision marks a shift from the doubts Bush aired earlier in...
Bush Team Reaffirms Missile Defense Plans; Dems Leery
- NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS IN JUNE, SENIOR Bush officials reiterated the administration's intention to press forward with ballistic missile defenses as quickly as possible, but leading Senate Democrats warned against precipitously abrogating the Anti-Ballistic...
CD Session Ends in Deadlock; Coordinators Appointed
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS THE 66-MEMBER CONFERENCE on Disarmament (CD) closed its second of three negotiating periods this year on June 29 without agreeing on a plan of work. But, for the first time since 1998, on June 14 the CD appointed three special coordinators...
CFE Review Conference Held; Russian Compliance Urged
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS MEETING MAY 28-JUNE 1 in Vienna for the second review conference of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, the 30 states-parties touted treaty successes, though NATO members and other European countries called on...
Congress Releases Pentagon Report Criticizing Clinton NMD
An internal Pentagon report evaluating the performance of the Clinton administration's national missile defense (NMD) system was released June 26 by Congress. The August 2000 document, which had not been previously released to the public, was part of...
DOD Mulls Missile Defense Test Site; Plan Could Violate ABM Treaty
The Pentagon is planning to add a missile defense test site in Alaska, a move that could violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. A spokesperson for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) indicated that, as part of the Bush administration's...
Mission Impossible
President George W. Bush's abbreviated "grand tour" of Europe predictably failed to gain new support for U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty to facilitate deployment of a national missile defense (NMD). Given the abject failure...
Pentagon Prepares Modest Cutbacks in Nuclear Arsenal
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Donald Rumsfeld is taking steps to reduce modestly all three arms of the nuclear triad in what appears to be the first stage of the unilateral nuclear cutbacks promised by the Bush administration. The secretary said he intends to...
Pentagon Seeks Missile Defense Budget Increase, Reorganization
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION requested nearly $8.3 billion for ballistic missile defenses-a $3 billion increase over current spending levels-as part of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2002 amended budget request, which it unveiled June 27....
Rules for U.S.-Swedish Arms Trade, Ventures Relaxed
ON JUNE 14, the White House announced that Sweden, and therefore its arms companies, would be permitted to join a select group of countries that enjoy an expedited, relaxed, and simplified process for purchasing weapons from or participating in joint...
Russian Duma Passes Bill Allowing Import of Spent Fuel
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS RUSSIA'S LOWER HOUSE of parliament approved a controversial bill June 6 that would allow Moscow to import spent nuclear fuel from other nations. Importing spent fuel could generate billions of dollars for the cash-starved country,...
Russia Permits Aluminum Shipment to Iran
Reports emerged in mid-June that Russia had allowed an unknown quantity of high-strength aluminum to be shipped to Iran earlier this year. The shipment is of potential concern because certain special aluminum alloys can be used in high-speed gas centrifuges...
Russia's New Plan for Chemical Weapons Destruction
On June 8, more than 100 diplomats and dignitaries from the United States, Canada, eight European countries, and the European Union gathered by a soggy field outside the western Siberian town of Shchuch'ye, 975 miles southeast of Moscow.1 The purpose...
UN General Assembly Adopts Illicit Firearms Protocol
WITHOUT A VOTE, the UN General Assembly adopted a protocol May 31 targeted at improving cooperation in clamping down on the illegal manufacturing of and trade in firearms. The protocol, which complements an existing UN convention on crime and will be...
UN Security Council Not Likely to Agree on Iraqi Sanctions
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS AS A JULY 3 deadline approaches, Russian opposition appears likely to prevent the United Nations Security Council from passing a U.S.-endorsed, British draft resolution to revamp the 11-year-old sanctions regime against Iraq. Since...
U.S. BWC Protocol Policy Still Unclear with Talks Short on Time
THREE MONTHS AFTER the release of a chairman's draft of a protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), the United States has yet to announce its position on the text. Although the administration has chosen to remain silent until it finishes conducting...
U.S. Finishes Packaging Kazakh Plutonium, Reviews Next Step
IN LATE JUNE the United States and Kazakhstan completed a joint project to package spent fuel containing weaponsgrade plutonium for permanent storage. Conclusion of the work represents a key milestone in a multi-year effort to inventory, secure, and...
U.S Shifts Its South Asia Nuclear Policy
Moving away from the Clinton administration's nuclear policy toward South Asia, the Bush administration has apparently decided not to try to persuade India and Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) or to give up their nuclear weapons...
U.S., Uzbekistan Sign Threat Reduction Agreement
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS THE UNITED STATES signed an agreement June 5 with Uzbekistan that, according to Bush administration officials, will provide a "legal framework" for a range of cooperative threat reduction and military activities. Signed by Secretary...