FAS Roundup: November 17, 2014

From the Blogs Pentagon Review to Fix Nuclear Problems- Again: Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues at the cost of billions of dollars. The Pentagon is already planning to spend hundreds of […]

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Pentagon Review To Fix Nuclear Problems – Again

Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues. The fixes “will cost several billion dollars over the five-year defense spending program in addition to ongoing modernization requirements identified in last year’s budget submission.” The […]

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Pentagon Review To Fix Nuclear Problems – Again

Less than a decade after the Pentagon conducted a major review to fix problems in the nuclear management of U.S. nuclear forces, the Pentagon today announced the results of yet another review. The new review identifies more than 100 fixes that are needed to correct management and personnel issues. The fixes “will cost several billion dollars over the five-year defense spending program in addition to ongoing modernization requirements identified in last year’s budget submission.” The […]

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FAS Roundup: November 3, 2014

From the Blogs 2014 Intelligence Budget Figures Released: The National Intelligence Program received a total appropriation of $50.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence disclosed on October 30, as required by law. The Military Intelligence Program was funded at $17.4 billion in FY 2014, the Department of Defense said. Court Denies Motion to Dismiss State Secrets Case: On October 30, a federal court denied a government motion to dismiss a pending lawsuit […]

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The New York Times: Which President Cut the Most Nukes?

By Hans M. Kristensen The New York Time today profiles my recent blog about U.S. presidential nuclear weapon stockpile reductions. The core of the story is that the Obama administration, despite its strong arms control rhetoric and efforts to reduce the numbers and role of nuclear weapons, so far has cut fewer nuclear warheads from the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile than any other administration in history. Even in terms of effect on the overall stockpile size, […]

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FAS Roundup: October 27, 2014

From the Blogs Offensive Cyber Operations in US Military Doctrine: A recently disclosed Department of Defense doctrine acknowledges the reality of offensive cyberspace operations and provides a military perspective on their utility. The doctrine is fairly candid about the challenges and limitations of cyberspace operations. How Presidents Arm and Disarm: The administrations that talk the most about reducing nuclear weapons tend to reduce the least. Analysis of the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile shows […]

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Polish F-16s In NATO Nuclear Exercise In Italy

By Hans M. Kristensen NATO is currently conducting a nuclear strike exercise in northern Italy. The exercise, known as Steadfast Noon 2014, practices employment of U.S. nuclear bombs deployed in Europe and includes aircraft from seven NATO countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, and United States. The timing of the exercise, which is held at the Ghedi Torre Air base in northern Italy, coincides with East-West relations having reached the lowest level in […]

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How Presidents Arm and Disarm

By Hans M. Kristensen [updated] It’s a funny thing: the administrations that talk the most about reducing nuclear weapons tend to reduce the least. Analysis of the history of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile shows that the Obama administration so far has had the least effect on the size of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile of any of the post-Cold War presidencies. In fact, in terms of warhead numbers, the Obama administration so far has […]

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W80-1 Warhead Selected For New Nuclear Cruise Missile

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Council has selected the W80-1 thermonuclear warhead for the Air Force’s new nuclear cruise missile (Long-Range Standoff, LRSO) scheduled for deployment in 2027. The W80-1 warhead is currently used on the Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), but will be modified during a life-extension program and de-deployed with a new name: W80-4. Under current plans, the ALCM will be retired in the mid-2020s and replaced with the more advanced LRSO, possibly starting […]

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FAS Roundup: October 6, 2014

From the Blogs CIA: Cost of Personal Computer in 1987 is a Secret: Under the information policies of the CIA, even well known public information such as the cost of a personal computer may be withheld from public disclosure. In an article in the CIA’s journal Studies in Intelligence, the cost of the 1987 Commodore Amiga computer was redacted. Yet upon review, a CIA official said the redaction was made in error and the full […]

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