Volume 1, Number 3
Eighteen years after the last U.S. nuclear test, it is abundantly clear that maintaining the reliability of existing U.S. nuclear warheads does not depend on a program of nuclear test explosions. Over the past decade the U.S. Life Extension Program has successfully refurbished major warhead types, and with sufficient resources can continue to do so indefinitely.
The Obama administration is requesting $7.0 billion for fiscal year 2011 to maintain the
Administration officials say the increase is necessary to make up for insufficient funding over the past decade. In a Feb. 18 speech at the
Today, Vice President Joe Biden delivered a major policy speech in Washington on the Obama administration's approach to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). In his speech, Biden said that the questions raised when the CTBT was last considered by the Senate a decade ago have been successfully addressed, and he reiterated the administration's commitment to win Senate approval for U.S. ratification of the treaty.
Today, the nonpartisan research and policy advocacy organization Arms Control Association (ACA) released a new report detailing the case for U.S. ratification of the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and announced a new web site featuring information and resources on nuclear testing and the CTBT.
This op-ed by ACA Senior Fellow Greg Thielmann appeared in the Des Moines Register on January 22, 2010.
A congressionally-commissioned scientific study by an influential group of independent scientists released today concludes that the effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear arsenal can be maintained indefinitely through the existing program for stockpile stewardship and without nuclear test explosions or pursuit of new warhead designs.
Twenty years ago this month, the Berlin Wall came down, hastening the end of the Cold War. Less than three years later, Moscow and Washington agreed to halt nuclear testing. In 1996, after more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions, the world’s nations concluded the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in order to prevent proliferation and help end the nuclear arms race. (Continue)