Briefing to Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

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Yesterday I gave a talk at the Arms Control Association’s annual meeting: Global Nuclear Challenges and Solutions for the Next U.S. President. A full-day and well-attended event that included speeches by many important people, including Ben Rhodes, who is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications in the Obama administration.

My presentation was on the panel “Examining the U.S. Nuclear Spending Binge,” which included Mark Cancian from CSIS, Amy Woolf from CRS, and Andrew Weber, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. I was asked to speak about the enhancement of nuclear weapons that happens during the nuclear modernization programs and life-extension programs and the implications these improvement might have for strategic stability.

My briefing described enhancement of military capabilities of the B61-12 nuclear bomb, the new air-launched cruise missile (LRSO), and the W76-1 warhead on the Trident submarines. The briefing slides are available here:

Nuclear Modernization, Enhanced Military Capabilities, and Strategic Stability.

This publication was made possible by a grant from the New Land Foundation and Ploughshares Fund. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.

2 thoughts on “Briefing to Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

  1. As usual, the discussion completely ignores the US obligation under the NPT to engage in good faith negotiations with other “nuclear powers” with the aim of eliminating those weapons. The idea of “stability” by threatening nuclear war, even though so far successful, is irrational, not to mention unethical, in view of the damage to civilization by its likely failure in crisis situations. I believe that the major motivation for all those continued improvements, and failure to seriously negotiate, is based on the huge cash cow that the federal budget provides for these despicable weapons developments!

  2. Hello Hans,

    As i’m understood development of TN weapons impossible without tests ? But ASC program and similar programs in China,Russia etc. for what aim ? There 2030 predictive capability for full system nuclear performance in 3D -what it means ?Its possible in future do develop computational means to deploy weapons simply by simulation ?

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