Articles Tagged: Nuclear Weapons

Iran says No to ending missile program? Then U.S. should say No to deal

With just weeks until the latest P5+1 Iran nuclear deal deadline, Senator Corker recently sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to keep ‘walking away’ a viable option. It is difficult to see the president doing this so late in the game, but Senator Corker is right, of course. If one party to negotiations […]

Corker-Menendez Iran Bill Better Be Just A First Step

Supporters of the Obama administration Iran deal have had a rough couple weeks. The bipartisan passage of the Corker-Mendez bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) out of the Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed in no uncertain terms that Congress is concerned enough about this deal to insist it have a voice. It also raises the question: how […]

NATO’s Nuclear Nightmare over Ukraine

While experts and analysts proffer suggestions for how the U.S. should respond to Putin’s intractable assault on Ukraine, like this recent excellent piece by Tom Nichols in RCD or by this Brookings report (not exactly authored by hawks), some still wonder why Moscow’s actions have anything to do with the U.S. in the first place. […]

China patiently challenges US military superiority

While the U.S. reacts to the scourges of Ebola and ISIS, China continues to patiently and steadily exploit weaknesses in U.S. military capabilities. The bipartisan U.S. China Commission is poised to release its annual report to Congress that details some of the specifics. The big lesson to learn from it is that the U.S. can […]

First Connect the Dots

Revitalizing the US nuclear arsenal is essential but should follow, not precede, a comprehensive strategic review. The triad was planned and built to deter the Soviet Union and ensure survival for retaliation if the US was attacked. Mutual Assured Destruction may seem insane today but it worked and contributed to the eventual collapse of the […]

Russia Keeps Its Nuclear Threats against NATO Coming

Is Vladimir Putin seriously weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes against targets in NATO? Some experts think so, and Moscow would certainly have us believe that it is. As it reportedly prepares for a massive military exercise this month, Vladimir Putin reminded us, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is […]

A Second Chance on Nuclear Modernization

Test of a Navy Trident D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile. The DC debate on the Navy’s new nuclear missile submarines has been about how we can possibly pay for them. In this op-ed, however, frequent Breaking Defense contributor Bob Butterworth takes a step back to look at a much bigger picture. The Navy’s recent admission that […]

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