When it comes to nuclear deterrence, we are all in over our heads.
Former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has confirmed that a planned upgrade of the B61 nuclear bomb (the B61-12) will give the weapon enhanced military capabilities.
The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review was released on Tuesday. Full text of the report (72 pages) NPR summary factsheet (2 pages) Obama statement on NPR Other U.S. government background information Commentary Ceasefire.ca‘s report on NPR contents, 5 April 2010 Statement on Nuclear Posture Review, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, 6 April 2010 David […]
The United States will reduce the role assigned to nuclear weapons in its national security strategy, the New York Times reports (David E. Sanger & Peter Baker, “Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms,” New York Times, 5 April 2010). The Obama administration’s much-delayed Nuclear Posture Review is to be formally released on Tuesday, […]
The United States and Russia have reached agreement on the terms of a new strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty, the White House reported on Friday (“Key Facts about the New START Treaty,” Whitehouse.gov, 26 March 2010). The new treaty, which will be signed in Prague on April 8th, will replace both the 1991 START Treaty […]
The Obama administration continues to struggle to complete its review of U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The Nuclear Posture Review was originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, but disagreements within the administration between hardliners in the Pentagon and National Security Council and supporters of greater nuclear reductions, thought to include the President, have delayed completion […]