April 28, 1989 |
In the first sign of a looming interservice conflict, the Navy has put forward a plan that would give it control over more than four-fifths of the ballistic missile warheads permitted under the strategic arms reduction treaty being negotiated with the Soviet Union, eight Democratic congressmen concerned with military issues charged Thursday. The treaty is intended to reduce the total number of nuclear warheads permitted in the United States and Soviet strategic arsenals, and the legislators, led by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin (D-Wis.
May 11, 1989 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev told Secretary of State James A. Baker today that the Soviet Union will unilaterally reduce the number of short-range nuclear missiles in Europe by dismantling 500 warheads, U.S. officials said. The unilateral reduction, involving about 5% of Soviet short-range nuclear weapons in Europe, was seen by U.S. officials traveling with Baker as a way for the Soviets to step up political pressure on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to negotiate further reductions in short-range nuclear missiles.
September 24, 1985 |
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze is expected to offer a 40% cut in offensive nuclear warheads when he presents details of the Kremlin's latest arms offer during a meeting Wednesday with Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a congressman who specializes in arms control issues said Monday.
September 3, 1987 |
If Bonn makes good on its offer to retire its Pershing 1-A missiles, the United States will withdraw the aging weapons' American-owned nuclear warheads from West German territory, the State Department said Wednesday. It declined, however, to specify whether the warheads would be destroyed or saved for future use. Replying to a barrage of questions about the 72 Pershings, department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley restated the U.S.
November 13, 1985 |
An MX Peacekeeper missile with four dummy warheads successfully flew 4,800 miles today to Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific in the second silo test-launch of an MX, the Air Force announced. The launch at 9:03 a.m. marked the midpoint in 20 test launches for the MX, which eventually will carry 10 independently targetable warheads, Air Force spokeswoman Cecilia Mitchell said.
June 11, 2007
Re "U.S. is speeding up nuclear disarmament," June 7 This article would have benefited from scratching a little below the surface. The reported feat that the Department of Energy has met its goal "four months early" of accelerating nuclear warhead dismantlement at the Pantex plant by more than 50% stems from a fact the article overlooks: that dismantlement of nuclear weapons is at an all-time low in U.S. history. The 50% increase probably amounts to a total of about 200 warheads, a fraction of the average of nearly 1,200 warheads that were dismantled each year during the 1990s.