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Arms Control Association Launches Project for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with New, In-Depth Report

(February 16, 2010, Washington, D.C.) 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).

The report, "Now More Than Ever: The Case for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty," is available for download here.

Obama Administration Proposes Increase for NNSA Stockpile Management Budget

On February 1, the Obama administration proposed a 10 percent increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration's stockpile management programs. If approved, funding for the weapons complex including stockpile surveillance and warhead life extension programs would rise to just over $7 billion. The proposal would ensure funds for the agency to reach full production of the refurbished Navy W-76 Trident submarine warhead, to refurbish the B-61 bomb, and to study options for maintaining the W-78, the warhead in the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile.

Senator Kyl Once Again Mischaracterizes the Words of Others

Responding to the Jan. 20 WSJ op-ed, "How to Protect Our Nuclear Deterrent," by statesmen Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) claimed in a January 24th letter to the editor that the op-ed endorses "the recommendations of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the experts on the bipartisan Perry-Schlesinger Commission, who have urged significant and immediate funding to develop a modern warhead ..."

Vice-President Biden Pledges Support for Stockpile Stewardship to Further Obama's Nuclear Security Agenda

In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Vice-president Biden pens an op-ed entitled, "The President's Nuclear Vision," stating that the administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress will propose a $600 million increase in the National Nuclear Security Administration's nonproliferation and stockpile management programs budget (about 10% above current levels) and will seek an increase of approximately $5 billion over the next 5 years.

Former Utah Senator Jake Garn Calls for CTBT Ratification

In today's Deseret News, former Senator from Utah Jake Garn cites the changing nature of 21st century security threats and a growing bipartisan consensus in his call for U.S. ratification of the CTBT. He points out that many political and technical realities have changed since the Senate declined to approve the treaty in 1999, including significantly enhanced treaty verification and advances in stockpile stewardship programs that help to maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal. He writes, "Today, we stand to gain more than any other nation from a global, verifiable ban on all nuclear weapons testing."

ACA Senior Fellow Greg Thielmann on Iran and the CTBT

Native Iowan and Arms Control Association Senior Fellow Greg Thielmann outlines the nonproliferation and security benefits of U.S. ratification of the CTBT in a January 22, 2010 op-ed in The Des Moines Register.

In order to contain Iran's nuclear program, the United States must pursue an effective "full court press" involving robust diplomacy, targeted international sanctions, and U.S. reconsideration and ratification of the CTBT, Thielmann argues.

U.S. ratification will spur other Annex 2 countries to ratify, and increase international pressure on Iran, he writes. "The United States no longer needs nuclear tests," Thielmann notes, but "Iran and other potential proliferators do. It's time for the [United States] to do its part in containing nuclear threats by ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty."

The full text of the op-ed follows.

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United States Can Maintain Arsenal Without Resuming Testing, Four Statesman Say

Four distinguished senior statesmen, known from their Wall Street Journal op-eds in 2007 and 2008, published a third op-ed today in the WSJ. The authors -- former Secretary of State George Schultz, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Senator Sam Nunn -- praised the currently existing stockpile stewardship program (SSP), positing that, "The three labs in particular should be applauded for the success they have achieved in extending the life of existing weapons. Their work has led to important advances in the scientific understanding of nuclear explosions and obviated the need for underground nuclear explosive tests."

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