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  • Commentary posted August 24, 2012 by Owen Graham False Choice: Raising Taxes or Slashing Military Budget

    The U.S. military needs to be modernized, not subjected to additional cuts. UNLESS President Obama and Congress change current law, our armed forces will face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut or "sequestration" of more than $500 billion on Jan. 2, 2013. There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration will cripple military readiness and return the U.S.…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2012 by Owen Graham Cuts Will Cripple Military and Make it 'Hollow Force' of '70s

    Unless President Obama and Congress change current law, our armed forces will face an indiscriminate, across-the-board cut or “sequestration” of more than $500 billion on Jan. 2, 2013. There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration will cripple military readiness and return the U.S. military to the “hollow” force of the 1970s. The reduction would be on top of the…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2012 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Owen Graham New York Times Turns Blind Eye to EMP Threat

    New York Times reporter William J. Broad recently pooh-poohed concerns about U.S. vulnerability to an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP). It is the stuff of "science fiction," he implied. Along the way, he gets key facts wrong and omits many others that refute this view. Here are the facts. An EMP is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy generated by…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2012 by Owen Graham Consider Tech Risk When Debating Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    Should the U.S. finally ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)?Disarmament advocates say yes. They’re pointing to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as evidence that the technical issues surrounding the treaty have been resolved.They’re wrong. Contrary to these accounts, technical and policy disagreements related to CTBT remain.CTBT would…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2011 by Owen Graham Countering the Growing Missile Threat

    America faces a growing missile threat from abroad along with the prospect of huge defense cuts. Something's wrong with this equation. Speakers at the annual Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville, Ala., outlined the extent of that threat, and they agreed that robust missile defenses are crucial. But with the tight fiscal environment and defense programs…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2011 by Owen Graham, Michaela Dodge Return of the Test Ban Treaty

    In Washington, bad ideas never die. Exhibit A: the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which was rejected by the Senate twelve years ago. With the controversial New START agreement already in its pocket, the Obama administration is now working to build support for the CTBT, which would outlaw all nuclear-explosive testing. It would be the next leg of the journey…

  • Commentary posted May 23, 2011 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Owen Graham While North Korea and Iran collaborate, China Covers Up

    A new UN report documents that Iran is working with North Korea in developing ballistic missile technology. Specifically, the report finds that the two nations are transferring prohibited “ballistic missile-related items” via air shipments, in direct violation of UN sanctions. Want to read more about it? Sorry, you can’t. China is blocking release of the report. …

  • Backgrounder posted February 14, 2011 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., James Phillips, Owen Graham Iran’s Energy Sector: A Target Vulnerable to Sanctions

    Abstract: Iran’s theocratic Shia regime has used its oil revenues to export the Islamic revolution and to fund an extensive nuclear weapons program. Yet Iran’s energy sector is also its greatest vulnerability, particularly its need to import gasoline to meet domestic demand. The most recent round of U.N. Security Council sanctions and unilateral sanctions by the European…

  • Commentary posted February 1, 2011 by Owen Graham, Michaela Dodge No Meeting of the Minds on New START

    New START is a done deal. On Tuesday, the Russian Duma gave the green light to the nuclear arms reduction treaty, as the U.S. Senate had more than a month earlier. There was little doubt the Duma would approve. After all, Moscow’s negotiators got much the better of their U.S. counterparts. But the provisions inserted into Russia’s ratification law reveal that there…

  • Commentary posted December 3, 2010 by Owen Graham, Michaela Dodge Another Shoe Drops on New START

    Unconfirmed reports of a secret side agreement to the New START nuclear arms treaty started circulating in mid-October. The side agreement supposedly restricts the U.S.’s ability to pursue a robust missile defense. The reports drove a number of U.S. Senators to write Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, demanding that the administration make available all the…

  • WebMemo posted July 13, 2010 by Peter Brookes, Owen Graham New START: Beyond the Rhetoric

    The recently inked United States–Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) has ignited the op-ed pages of prominent newspapers and Web sites across the country over the last few days. The Senate must now reflect on the value of the arms control pact—which that legislative body must decide whether to ratify or not—to American national security. Some have…

  • Commentary posted July 10, 2010 by Peter Brookes, Owen Graham U.S.-Russia's New START is a Non-Starter

    With Herculean-like effort, the Obama Administration continues to insist that the New START treaty between the United States and Russia will not limit U.S. ballistic missile defense or the strategic options available to the President. However, numerous limitations and other problematic issues have continued to be exposed throughout the treaty. A recent Heritage Foundation…

  • WebMemo posted July 7, 2010 by Peter Brookes, Owen Graham Experts: New START is a Non-Starter

    With Herculean-like effort, the Obama Administration continues to insist that the New START treaty between the United States and Russia will not limit U.S. ballistic missile defense or the strategic options available to the President. However, numerous limitations and other problematic issues have continued to be exposed throughout the treaty. A recent Heritage Foundation…

  • Commentary posted May 10, 2010 by Owen Graham, Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. New START: Abandoning Missile Defense

    The Obama administration is heralding the New START Treaty — a bilateral treaty with Russia, signed on April 8 in Prague — as a major accomplishment. But now that leading national-security experts have had time to review the pact closely, it’s starting to get a lot of criticism. There is grave concern, not just with some of the treaty’s language, but also with some of the…

  • Commentary posted March 10, 2010 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Owen Graham A Franco-Russian Rapprochement Again

    Russian President Dmitri Medvedev traveled to Paris last week for a three-day visit and to launch a new strategic partnership with France. The new Franco-Russian embrace is marked by major arms sales, a space deal, lucrative energy contracts, and greater market access -- all under the banner of a blossoming personal relationship between Mr. Medvedev and French President…