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. 5, June

Bush Pushes New Strategic Framework, Missile Defenses
INA MAY 1 speech at National Defense University, President George W Bush said that the United States "must move beyond the constraints of the 30-year-old ABM Treaty" and replace it with a "new framework." Bush offered few details about what such a strategic...
Congress Responds to Bush Missile Plans along Party Lines
CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS applauded President George W. Bush's May 1 declaration that the United States would deploy missile defenses, but top Democrats warned Bush against rashly abrogating the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, which proscribes...
Coup De Grace
The Democrats' recapture of the Senate may well have administered the coup de grace to President George W. Bush's plan to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty as the first step toward a robust national missile defense (NMD) in a world...
Decision Time for the HEU Deal: US Security vs. Private Interests
Because USEC has control of LLS. enrichment facilities and supply from Russia, the future of the nation's nuclear fuel supply is effectively in the hands of a single private company. In 1992, the Bush administration initiated a program with Russia to...
D.P.R.K Extends Missile Pledge as U.S. Readies to Resume Talks
EASING FOUR MONTHS of escalating tensions in the U.S.-North Korean relationship, Pyongyang pledged May 3 to extend its voluntary missile-testing moratorium until 2003, according to officials from the European Union (EU). A senior U.S. diplomat subsequently...
Energy Official, GAO Testify on DOE Threat Reduction Efforts
THE ENERGY DEPARTMENT will have to "curtail" its non-proliferation activities at the reduced funding levels proposed by the administration, the head of the department's National Nuclear Security division testified before a Senate subcommittee May 15....
Fire Shuts Down Russian Early-Warning System
A MAY 10 fire at a Russian satellite-control facility at least temporarily compromised Russia's ability to detect the launch of longrange missiles from the United States, highlighting the deterioration of the country's early-warning capabilities. The...
Iraqi Radiological Weapons Program Detailed
An Iraqi government report detailing Baghdad's efforts to build a radiological weapon was made public at the end of April by the private Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. A radiological weapon does not involve a nuclear explosion but simply...
Missile Defense Consultations Abroad Yield Little Progress
SENIOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION officials dispatched around the globe in early May to consult with foreign capitals about the U.S. intent to deploy missile defenses were asked many questions but were able to provide few answers because Washington still has...
Missing the Forest for the Trees: US Non-Proliferation Programs in Russia
The United States needs a strategic approach to non-proliferation in Russia that allows cross-program synergies, impacts, and investment opportunities to be recognized. Despite early indications that the Bush administration's budget would deal a severe...
Officials Mark End of INF Treaty Inspections
Officials representing the United States, Russia, and three other former Soviet republics gathered in Moscow on May 21 to commemorate the end of inspections under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Inspections under the U.S.-Soviet-negotiated...
President Bush's Speech on Nuclear Strategy; A Response from Senior Democrats
In a speech at National Defense University (NDU) May 1, President George W. Bush announced his intention to develop a new strategic framework that would involve deploying missile defenses and reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal. (See p. 18 for news coverage.)...
Rumsfeld Restructures Operation of US Space Programs
AIMING TO RAISE the profile of and accountability for U.S. defense and intelligence space-related activities, at the Pentagon on May 8 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced several changes to the way the United States oversees and operates its...
Russia, Belarus Move toward Open Skies Treaty Ratification
BOTH RUSSIA AND Belarus moved closer to completing ratification of the Open Skies Treaty in May. The two countries are expected to complete ratification this fall so that the treaty will enter into force at the beginning of next year. As expected, Russia's...
Senate Narrowly Confirms Bolton to Top Arms Control Post
BY A VOTE of 57-43, the Senate confirmed controversial nominee John Bolton as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security on May 8. Bolton's confirmation to the most senior administration post specifically tasked with the formulation...
The Continuing Impact of the Nuclear Revolution
The demands on the performance of defenses against an attack by even a single missile carrying a nuclear warhead must be extremely high for the defense to be considered effective. The advent of nuclear weapons with their tremendous increase in destructive...
Ukraine Eliminates Last of Its Strategic Bombers
Ukraine dismantled its last strategic bomber during a May 17 ceremony at an airfield in Uzin attended by senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials, almost two months after Kiev eliminated its final strategic air-launched cruise missile. Ukraine must finish...
U.K., Russia Issue Draft Proposals to Revamp Iraqi Sanctions Regime
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS SEEKING TO OVERHAUL the decadeold Iraqi sanctions regime, the United Kingdom, in coordination with the United States, submitted a draft proposal to the UN Security Council on May 21 that would substantially alter the existing regime,...
UN Lifts Arms Embargo on Ethiopia, Eritrea
Noting that Ethiopia and Eritrea had reached a peace settlement, the UN Security Council did not extend a one-year arms embargo on the African neighbors beyond a May 16 expiration date but warned that it would take action if conflict resumed in the region....