In the first of a new video short series, Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy, describes why it is particularly important now to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia before it expires in February 2021 and how you can help.
The New START agreement is now the only treaty capping the world’s two largest nuclear weapons arsenals—and it is in jeopardy. The U.S. and Russian presidents can extend it—and its irreplaceable verification and monitoring system—for up to five years if they choose. The actions of Congress can help protect and extend it.
For decades, national security and health experts have warned of the risks of global threats that are simply too big for one country to handle, such as disease pandemics, climate change, and nuclear war. For many years, the response of our national and global leaders has fallen short.
An oversight official raises concerns about the U.S. ability to modernize its nuclear forces on time and on budget.
The extension of New START remains up in the air as the Trump administration pushes talks with China.
The Pentagon is no longer seeking to update its aircraft used to photograph Russian military sites.
A March 19 test shows the U.S. aim to keep up or surpass Chinese and Russian technology developments.
Global arms transfers continue to grow, with Washington providing more than one-third of them.
The Trump administration is seeking to cut funds to cooperative threat reduction activities by 36 percent.
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The Trump administration’s excessive strategy to replace nearly the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal at roughly the same time is a ticking budget time bomb, even at historically high levels of national defense spending.