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Support ACA's Vital Work in 2012


December 9, 2011

Dear friend:

Over the past three years, the Arms Control Association and its allies have catalyzed significant momentum for nuclear disarmament.

But big challenges remain. There is more that we can and must do to prevent the use and spread of nuclear weapons and to achieve a world without nuclear weapons--for our generation and the generations to come.

That's why I'm asking you once again to help support ACA's vital work with a generous, tax-deductible, online contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or more.

Your support will enable ACA to inform and influence pivotal policy decisions in 2012 that could open the door to dramatic progress in the years ahead. These include:

  • Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran through diplomacy. ACA continues to assemble key experts and the facts to explain why pragmatic engagement--not simply sanctions and not military action--is the most effective way to take Tehran off the nuclear weapons path.
  • Pressing for deeper U.S.-Russian nuclear weapons cuts. We can't stop with New START. ACA will continue to make the case for reciprocal reductions below 1,000 warheads each and engaging other nuclear-armed states in the disarmament process.
  • Discarding Cold War-era nuclear targeting and alert postures. ACA is also lobbying President Obama to implement overdue changes to U.S. nuclear weapons doctrine that would reduce their role and number and would open the way for deeper reductions.
  • Bringing tactical nuclear weapons into the nuclear arms control process. ACA has encouraged a high-level dialogue and fresh thinking within NATO on how obsolete U.S. and Russian tactical nuclear weapons can finally be removed from Europe.
  • Trimming expensive and unnecessary nuclear weapons spending. In the context of Washington's deficit reduction debate, ACA has helped focus attention on the more than $45 billion in savings that can be achieved over 10 years by cutting back on costly and unnecessary new strategic nuclear-armed submarines, bombers, and missile systems.

And of course, ACA will also take advantage of other opportunities in 2012. We will continue to build support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; promote creative strategies to halt fissile material production; renew efforts to contain North Korea's nuclear ambitions; track efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear material; and push for the negotiation of an effective conventional Arms Trade Treaty; and more.

Your tax-deductible contribution will give you and others access to the leading journal in the field, Arms Control Today, and help us continue to raise public awareness, inform the news media, hold policymakers accountable, dispel arms control myths, and promote effective policy solutions.

With ACA's hard-working professional staff, our network of experts, and our strong reputation among lawmakers and opinion leaders, ACA succeeds in making a positive difference.

That's why the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized ACA earlier this year as one of the few "exceptional organizations that effectively address pressing national and international challenges and that have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size."

But in order to maintain our high level of impact, we need your continuing support. Now.

ACA's budget is stretched to the limit.  Our low overhead costs allows us to put our resources into programs, not fundraising and administration. We make the most of each individual contribution.

Thank you for your past and continued support.


Daryl G. Kimball,
Executive Director

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In Memoriam: Jonathan B. Tucker, 1954-2011



Image Source: Washington PostJonathan B. Tucker (to the left), member of the Arms Control Association Board and leading biological and chemical weapons expert, died recently at his home in Washington, DC. He will be deeply missed. His departure leaves a tremendous vacuum in the field of biological and chemical weapons arms control.

For those who met or worked with him, Jonathan stood out as someone who was always willing to help, was thoughtful and never rash, and was possessed with a quiet determination to find answers to the deeper questions and come up with practical answers to international security challenges.

Jonathan joined the ACA Board of Directors in 2003 and provided thoughtful advice to the organization on many occasions. Readers of Arms Control Today will know him from his frequent contributions on biological and chemical weapons issues through the years. Most recently he helped with our interview of a senior U.S. official on the upcoming Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Review Conference and his January/February article provides a cogent analysis of the challenges facing the BWC.

For ACA’s staff and fellow Board Members, as well as many others in the field, Jonathan was the “go to guy” on all things having to do with biosecurity, biological and chemical weapons, and more.

Jonathan not only knew his stuff, but he was a gifted analyst, speaker and writer. He had that rare ability to understand complex issues and still be able to translate them in a way that policymakers and the public could understand.

On one memorable occasion, Jonathan helped ACA explain the case for continuing inspections in Iraq rather than launching an invasion to halt Saddam Hussein’s suspected WMD programs. His analysis then, as on other occasions, was carefully formulated but clear and easily understood. At that October 7, 2002 briefing Jonathan astutely said:

“In conclusion, a realistic goal of the UN inspection regime is not to eliminate every last weapon, which is probably impossible, but to deny Iraq a militarily significant mass-destruction capability. I believe that goal is probably achievable if UNMOVIC is given full access to relevant facilities throughout Iraq, supplied with accurate and timely intelligence, and supported by a united Security Council.”

Jonathan was an expert’s expert. He held a biology degree from Yale and a Ph.D. from MIT in political science. His career included a number of government positions, including at the U.S. State Department, in the Office of Technology Assessment, and in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the preparatory commission for the Chemical Weapons Convention and served as a biological weapons inspector for the United Nations in Iraq in 1995.

Jonathan later worked at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the U.S. Institute for Peace, and in 2008 served on the professional staff of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. In 2011 he joined the Federation of American Scientists to lead their Biosecurity Education Project.

Jonathan was a prolific writer, producing many highly regarded books, including Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox (Grove/Atlantic, 2001), Biosecurity: Limiting Terrorist Access to Deadly Pathogens (U.S. Institute of Peace, 2003), War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda (Pantheon, 2006), and edited volumes including Germany in Transition: A Unified Nation's Search for Identity (Westview Press, 1999), and Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (MIT Press, 2000)

We will always remember Jonathan as an extremely dedicated, talented, and warm human being. We will miss his spirit and wise counsel. –DARYL G. KIMBALL and TOM Z. COLLINA

Arms Trade News

Collection of Arms Trade News, a bi-weekly compilation of news produced by ACA on behalf of the Arms Transfers Working Group.

2010 Foreign Military Sales and Human Rights Records

ACA’s Xiaodon Liang has cross-checked the list of 28 countries for which Congress was notified of foreign military sales in 2010 against the State Department’s own human rights reports. Reading these reports is, at times, more an art than science, but the overall picture is not pretty. More than a third (11) of the states failed to guarantee freedom of speech, association, and assembly, as well as a free press. Torture, arbitrary arrest, and discrimination remained a problem in many of these same states.

ATWG Experts

Arms Transfers Working Group

The Arms Transfers Working Group (ATWG) is an alliance of arms control, development, human rights and academic organizations and affiliated individuals. ATWG serves as an information clearinghouse, forum and point of contact for strengthening efforts to address the economic, humanitarian and security implications of legal, illicit, and illegal arms transfers. ATWG participants focus on a wide range of concerns related to small arms and light weapons, major conventional weapons systems, and relevant dual-use technologies.

Comments on Export Control Reform - William Lowell Feb 7, 2011

Alfred Nurja, New Voices Nonproliferation Fellow

Alfred Nurja joined ACA in September 2010 as a New Voices Fellow. Alfred graduated from the Fletcher School in Boston with an LL.M. degree in International Law earlier that year. Prior to arriving at Fletcher, Alfred worked for the U.S. Ambassador to Albania as assistant on domestic legal and political affairs, and as an interpreter. His prior experience also includes a stint as an analyst with the Albanian Organized Crime Intelligence Department as well as the U.S. Army. Alfred has a degree in Public Law from Tirana University.


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