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. 9, November

A Debate Deferred: Missile Defense after the September 11 Attacks
The debate over national missile defense policy has not been abandoned. The debate has simply been deferred to a time when the issue can be effectively debated in Congress. The unanimous Senate vote to approve the defense authorization bill that took...
Bush Authorized to Lift Sanctions on Pakistan
REWARDING PAKISTAN FOR cooperating with the U.S. campaign against terrorism, President George W. Bush signed a bill on October 27 that grants him the authority to waive for two years prohibitions on major military sales and economic assistance to Pakistan....
CCW Countries Get Ready for Review Conference
MORE THAN 50 states-parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) met September 24-28 in Geneva for their third and final preparatory meeting for a December 11-21 treaty review conference. The countries identified five issues for consideration...
Democrats Say Debate on Missile Defense Not Over
ON OCTOBER 1, less than two weeks after the Senate shelved legislation designed to curb the Bush administration's missile defense plans, two senior Democrats said that the debate regarding U.S. missile defenses and possible withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic...
Filling the Gaps in the Conventional Weapons Convention
The U.S. has taken the lead in putting forward proposals that would protect civilians in internal armed conflicts, control antivehicle mines, and institute stronger compliance procedures. The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) regulates...
PAC-3 Ready for Action
On September 26, the Army declared that a "limited number" of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles were available for deployment. The PAC-3, which is designed to destroy shortand medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and aircraft...
Pentagon Puts off Missile Defense Testing, Citing ABM Treaty
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Donald Rumsfeld announced October 25 that the Pentagon had decided against carrying out October and November missile defense testing activities that he said could be viewed as violating the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty. According...
Powell Says China 'Subdued' about Missile Defense
Talking to reporters October 22, Secretary of State Colin Powell described Chinese officials as "rather subdued" about missile defense in recent months. Powell made his comments during a return flight from Shanghai, where he and President George W. Bush...
Russia, Iran Discuss Arms Deal
During an October 1-5 visit to Russia, Iranian Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani signed a military cooperation agreement that will reportedly result in hundreds of millions of dollars of new arms deals between the two countries. Shamkhani, who had...
U.S., China Make No Progress in Missile Talks
Despite a warming of relations between Washington and Beijing since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, recent efforts by the Bush administration to resolve U.S. allegations of Chinese noncompliance with a November 2000 missile proliferation...
U.S. Denies Talks with Pakistan on Nuclear Security
BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS have denied claims that the United States has recently held discussions with Pakistan on the security of its nuclear weapons and facilities. Reports of U.S.-Pakistani nuclear security talks surfaced September 30 in The New...
U.S., Russia Still Seeking Common Ground on Missile Defense
AFTER MEETING ON October 21 in Shanghai, President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reported progress in their talks on missile defenses and nuclear-force cuts, but the two leaders reached no agreements and remained divided over...
U.S. to Clean Up Soviet-Era Germ Warfare Site in Uzbekistan
THE UNITED STATES signed an agreement October 22 with Uzbekistan to clean up a heavily contaminated Soviet-era biological weapons complex on Vozrozhdeniye Island, located in the Aral Sea on the Uzbek-- Kazakh border. At a cost of up to $6 million, the...
U.S. to Miss Chemical Weapons Convention Deadline
FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF an internal review, the Defense Department approved a new schedule September 26 for eliminating the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile that increases cost estimates and misses a Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) deadline for destroying...
U.S. under Anthrax Attack; Bioterror Source Unknown
NEWS AND NEGOTIATIONS AS OF OCTOBER 29, a bioterrorist attack using anthrax has killed three people in the United States, and dozens more have been infected or exposed to the bacterium, many apparently from handling mail contaminated with anthrax spores....
What If the New Strategic Framework Goes Bad?
How Bush and Putin work out delicate strategic issues may determine if the new warmth in the U.S.Russian relationship is truly a sea change or merely a brief lull in ongoing tensions. Events since the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington could...
Will Prudence Prevail?
This month, American and Russian leaders will try to resolve the decade-long impasse over further strategic nuclear reductions and the United States' national missile defense ambitions. The opportunity for an agreement is close at hand, but success will...