April 8, 2010 |
Reporting from Washington and Prague, Czech Republic -- President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a treaty Thursday to shrink their nuclear arsenals, hoping to open an era of improved relations between the former superpower foes while launching an arms-control agenda extending far into the future. The two leaders met in the gilded majesty of a medieval castle in Prague, once a city at the epicenter of Cold War tension, and formally agreed to bring their nations' arsenals to their lowest levels since half a century ago, the days of the Cuban missile crisis, which brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war. But the signing of the pact in the Czech capital also pointed to challenges confronting Obama as he offers a plan to control the world's nuclear arms and address future international security threats.
December 19, 2007 |
The Bush administration said Tuesday that it would make a 15% reduction in the nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons, taking the overall inventory down to less than a quarter of its size at the end of the Cold War in 1991. A major effort to retire older weapons was accomplished five years ahead of schedule, allowing the new round of cutbacks, said Thomas P. D'Agostino, chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration. The additional cuts would be done by 2012.
October 1, 2007 |
The U.S. is dismantling unneeded nuclear warheads at a faster pace than forecast as it substantially reduces the arsenal under terms of an arms-control treaty with Russia, government officials said Sunday. The Bush administration is to announce today that it has taken apart three times as many reserve warheads in the 2007 budget year as it had projected, and that it expects the rapid pace of dismantlement to continue.
March 7, 2007
Re "Livermore is picked to build new H-bomb," March 3 While the U.S. Department of Energy announces the push for new weapons to replace old ones, the Bush administration tries to claim nonproliferation moral authority around the world. This program completely undermines U.S. foreign policy and catapults the nation's nuclear policy in the wrong direction. What we truly need is renewed leadership in eliminating nuclear weapons altogether. If the U.S. is serious about nonproliferation, it must send a clear message that eliminating all nuclear weapons is the only solution.
June 28, 2005 |
Some of the nation's senior nuclear weapons experts are warning that a move in the Senate to kill construction funding for a massive laser complex at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will erode confidence in the nation's nuclear weapons. The Senate is expected this week to approve an appropriations bill that would delete $146 million for further construction of the laser, known as the National Ignition Facility. The $3.
February 12, 2004
In June 1963, John F. Kennedy famously declared that the United States would end above-ground testing of nuclear weapons and called for negotiations on a more comprehensive global test ban. "It would place the nuclear powers in a position to deal more effectively with one of the greatest hazards which man faces in 1963, the further spread of nuclear arms," he said.