Three and a half years since taking office, the Trump administration has failed to develop, let alone pursue, a coherent nuclear arms control strategy. The administration’s official nuclear policy document, the “2018 Nuclear Posture Review,” barely discusses arms control as a risk reduction tool.
Officials have agreed on a venue to discuss arms control, but not an agenda.
Russia, China Skip Syrian Chemical Weapons Meeting
Executive director Daryl Kimball describes recent discussions by senior Trump administration officials to resume U.S. nuclear weapons testing and the effect such would have on global security and arms control. (May 29, 2020)
The Trump administration announced that the United States will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, effective in six months. Special Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea makes his first public remarks about New START and the administration's goals for a new trilateral arms control agreement.
The treaty allows the 34 participating nations, including the United States and Russia, to fly unarmed observation aircraft over one another's territory, helping preserve a measure of transparency and trust and enhancing stability and reducing the risk of conflict.
The Arms Control Association hosted a briefing on "The Future of New START and U.S. National Security" on April 29. Here are some answers to additional questions that participants submitted but that the speakers were unable to address due to time constraints.
The State Department renews concerns that China and Russia may have conducted prohibited nuclear testing activities.
Russian ASAT Test Sparks War of Words
Special briefing with Admiral (ret.) Michael Mullen, Rose Gottemoeller, and Lt. Gen. (ret.) Frank Klotz
The United States may begin the process to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty soon. With the fate of New START still undecided, President Trump names a special representative for arms control and continues pushing for a trilateral arms control agreement that includes Russia and China. Russia tests an anti-satellite missile, according to U.S. Space Command.
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. (April 8, 2020)