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Avoiding a Crisis of Confidence in the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent January 1, 2010 — The United States needs to modernize and ensure the long-term reliability and responsiveness of its aging nuclear deterrent force and nuclear weapons infrastructure. It cannot otherwise safely reduce its nuclear weapons, responsibly ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, confidently deter and contain challenges from rising or resurgent MORE

Aligning Disarmament to Nuclear Dangers: Off to a Hasty START? July 1, 2009 — Confronted by a daunting array of nuclear threats, and having pledged to reinvigorate the application of disarmament tools to address these dangers, the Obama administration has decided to focus its initial efforts on negotiating a new bilateral agreement with Russia to replace the Cold War–era Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expires MORE

Eliminating Adversary WMD: Lessons for Future Conflicts October 1, 2004 — As tensions between Iraq and the United States worsened in mid-to-late 2002 and as preparations began for Operation Iraqi Freedom, policymakers and military planners began to wrestle with the challenges posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Indeed, Iraqi defiance and deception in the face of United Nations (UN) sanctions, coupled with MORE

Adversary Use of NBC Weapons: A Neglected Challenge December 1, 2001 — This article describes how thinking regarding how an adversary might use nuclear, radiological, biological, or chemical weapons against the United States changed in the last decade of the 20th century. MORE

China Rising: New Challenges to the U.S. Security Posture October 1, 2000 — This article describes how the nature, scope and viability of the strategic relationship between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United States has emerged as a key security policy issue. MORE

DOD and Consequence Management: Mitigating the Effects of Chemical and Biological Attack December 1, 1999 — This article aims to analyze the potential threat of chemical and biological weapons to the U.S. It also offers recommendations on how to approach these situations and respond appropriately. MORE