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Kingston Reif

Army Insists 1,000-Mile Missiles Won’t Breach INF Treaty

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There are loopholes in the 1987 accord that newer technologies like hypersonics might shoot through, independent arms control experts told me. But, they warned, you might end up nitpicking the treaty to death.

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Will The Army’s 1,000-Mile Missiles Kill Reagan’s INF Treaty?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Look, the Obama administration indicated that Russia was in violation of the INF Treaty four years ago,” said a staffer from the House Armed Services Committee. “If the treaty’s being violated, we have to take steps to ensure that stability some other way.”

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A Real Nuclear Triumph for Trump: Extend New START

Posted by Alexandra Bell on


As President Trump prepares to meet Vladimir Putin in a high-stakes one-on-one meeting, there is growing and legitimate concern in Washington and European capitals about concessions Trump might make in the hopes of getting along with the Russian strongman. The anxiety is warranted, given President Trump’s public statements on NATO and the invasion of Ukraine,… Keep reading →

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Crucial Polish Missile Defense Site Delayed Two Years: MDA

Posted by Paul McLeary on


With the Pentagon and White House increasingly worried about ballistic missile threats from “rogue” states and peer competitors, the Polish site is increasingly critical.

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LRS Bomber Shows Failings Of Obama’s Nuclear Strategy

Posted by Kingston Reif on


Lost in much of the initial coverage of the $80 billion Long Range Strike Bomber about specs and jobs is that the contract award is the latest step forward in an unnecessary and unsustainable projected spending binge to rebuild the U.S. nuclear arsenal in its current image. According to a January 2015 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, the direct costs of the… Keep reading →

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Nuclear Woes Drive $7.5B Increase; DepSecDef Work Takes On Nuke Oversight

Posted by Colin Clark on


PENTAGON: It isn’t official but Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work hinted today that the United States will undertake a fundamental reordering of its national security budget by paying for new nuclear submarines, new nuclear bombers and new ICBMs in new accounts set aside just for them. “This is something we have discussed in the department,” Work… Keep reading →

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The Triad Is Not The Trinity: A Response To Gen. Chambers

Posted by Kingston Reif on


The recent commentary by Maj. Gen. William Chambers touting the war-prevention benefits of nuclear weapons in this publication is unconvincing. Gen. Chambers, the Air Force’s assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, overstates the peace-promoting virtues of nuclear weapons. In addition, he exaggerates the benefits of the nuclear triad and downplays the… Keep reading →

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