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. 7, September

Administration May Abandon Plutonium Disposition Project
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION is reportedly considering pulling out of a troubled U.S.-Russian project to make substantial quantities of military plutonium unusable for weapons purposes. Citing unnamed sources, The New York Times reported August 21 that the...
Bush Administration Aims to Get Rid of ABM Treaty
ALTHOUGH SOME BUSH administration officials have claimed that the administration has not ruled out amending the AntiBallistic Missile (ABM) Treaty to permit U.S. ballistic missile defenses, most official statements over the summer have made clear that...
Bush Seeks Cuts in Pentagon Threat Reduction Programs
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION is seeking reduced funding for Pentagon programs that assist former Soviet states in dismantling and securing weapons of mass destruction. The Bush proposal would cut some programs while expanding others, but senior officials...
Bush Team Shies from Clinton Landmine Policy
In its ongoing review of U.S. landmine policy, the Bush administration appears to be distancing itself from then-President Bill Clinton's statement that by 2006 the United States might sign the Ottawa Convention, a treaty banning anti-personnel landmines...
Bush Team Unveils Missile Defense Plans; Democrats Upset
THROUGHOUT JULY, THE Bush administration sketched out details of its proposed $8.3 billion ballistic missile defense testing program. But getting its plans fully funded will require winning over Senate Democrats who have severely criticized the program,...
BWC Protocol Talks in Geneva Collapse Following U.S. Rejection
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS 1N Geneva to conclude a protocol to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) collapsed this summer after the United States rejected the protocol in late July, casting uncertainty over the talks' future....
Last Minuteman III Missile Silo Destroyed
On August 24, the United States destroyed its last Minuteman III missile silo slated for dismantlement under START I. Demolition of the silo, located at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, takes Washington one step closer to meeting an upcoming...
Missile Defense Interceptor Hits Target, but Not All Perfect in Test
MORE THAN A year after the last test of its proposed strategic missile defense system failed, the Pentagon succeeded July 14 in destroying a target warhead in space, though a key radar suffered a software glitch. Marking the second hit in four attempts,...
Moscow Seeks Five-Way 'Strategic Stability' Talks
During a July 1-3 summit in Russia with French President Jacques Chirac, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested holding multilateral "strategic stability" talks, at which further U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warhead cuts could be discussed....
NATO Collects Weapons in Macedonia
On August 27, NATO launched a mission to collect 3,300 weapons that ethnic Albanian rebels in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia agreed to surrender in exchange for expanded political rights. The mission, known as Operation Essential Harvest,...
North Korea Refuses to Resume Talks with U.S
North Korea has continued to reject U.S. offers to resume bilateral discussions, which could include nuclear, missile, and conventional weapons issues. At a July 26 press conference in Hanoi, Secretary of State Colin Powell stressed a willingness to...
Offense, Defense, and Unilateralism in Strategic Arms Control
The United States and Russia appear to recognize the benefits of unilaterally reducing strategic offensive arms, but they differ widely on applying unilateralism to the strategic defense case. U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir...
Outgoing Nuclear Chief Counsels Caution on Strategic Reductions
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS AS THE BUSH administration prepares to make significant changes to U.S. nuclear forces, the country's most senior military official in charge of those forces counseled caution in implementing deep reductions and criticized de-alerting...
Putin Approves Spent-Fuel Import Legislation
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial set of laws July 11 allowing the import of spent nuclear fuel. The most significant measure overrides an existing environmental ban on the import of foreign spent fuel for storage or disposal. (See...
Rushing to Weaponize the Final Frontier
The military advantages of the United States being the first country to place weapons in space could be easily out-- weighed by the long-- term political and security costs. For nearly 40 years, there has been a gentlemen's agreement among the world's...
Russia Approves New Chemical Weapons Destruction Plan
RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER Mikhail Kasyanov approved a resolution July 5 to overhaul Moscow's existing 1996 plan to destroy its chemical weapons. The new scheme would require an extension of the Chemical Weapons Convention's (CWC) deadlines but could reduce...
Russia Blocks Reform of Iraq Sanctions Regime
IN A MAJOR setback for the Bush administration, a Russian veto threat in late June forced the UN Security Council to set aside a sweeping reform of the Iraq sanctions regime. Instead, on July 3, the council unanimously approved a five-month extension...
Russia Has Mixed Success with CFE Implementation
RUSSIA SHOWED MIXED success in July toward meeting commitments under the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty and related agreements, missing a July 1 deadline to vacate a military base in Georgia but reducing the number of weapons located...
The Alaska Test Bed Fallacy: Missile Defense Deployment Goes Stealth
Analysis shows that some of the planned Alaska facilities would have no utility in a testing program but rather appear designed specifically as a near-term missile defense deployment. The Bush administration has proposed building a set of missile defense...
The Rogue Elephant
To much of the world, the United States is emerging as an irrational rogue state that is increasingly out of step with the rest of the international community. The starkest example of a growing U.S. unilateralism and undisguised contempt for the views...
United States Weakens Outcome of UN Small Arms and Light Weapons Conference
News Analysis by Rachel Stohl FROM JULY 9 to 21, the United Nations served as the battleground for the first global meeting on the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons. Countries came together in New York to develop an international action plan...
UN Small Arms Conference Approves Modest Plan
CONCLUDING A UN conference July 21, more than 140 nations achieved compromise on a non-binding plan to curb the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons, after relenting to U.S. demands to trim measures Washington opposed. Beginning July 9, UN member...
U.S. Continues to Lead in World Arms Exports
THE UNITED STATES remained the pre-eminent seller in the global arms market last year, according to data in an annual armsexport report released August 16 by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). During 2000, the United States accounted for more...
U.S.-Russian Differences Remain on Missile Defenses, ABM Treaty
DESPITE A FLURRY of summer meetings between top U.S. and Russian officials on offensive and defensive strategic forces, Moscow remains unconvinced by U.S. arguments to abandon the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, which proscribes nationwide defenses...
Washington to Sanction China, Pakistan for Missile Cooperation
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION announced September 1 that it will levy sanctions on a Chinese company for shipping missile equipment to a Pakistani firm in violation of a pledge Beijing made last November. China's privately owned Metallurgical Equipment Corporation...
White House to Partially Fund Test Ban Implementing Body
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has decided to partially fund the organization responsible for implementing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); and officials say that, despite their opposition to the treaty, they have no plans to...