Author Archives: Alissa Tabirian

STRATCOM Commander Wary Of ‘Tit-For-Tat’ Response To Russian INF Violation

The State Department on July 3 released additional details about the types of ballistic missiles, launchers, and bombers being counted under the latest New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) aggregate data. A “tit-for-tat” response to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)Treaty may not be the best option for the United States, Gen. […]

STRATCOM Commander Wary Of ‘Tit-For-Tat’ Response To Russian INF Violation

A “tit-for-tat” response to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)Treaty may not be the best option for the United States, Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said July 26 on a conference call with reporters during the Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, Neb. U.S. officials have concluded that Russia deployed a ground-launched […]

U.S., Russia Commit To Further New START Commission Meetings

Senior U.S. and Russian diplomats on July 17 pledged the nations to additional meetings of the Bilateral Consultative Commission for the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the State Department said July 18. U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon Jr. and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov “committed to holding future New START Bilateral […]

Latest New START Release Breaks Down ICBM, SLBM, Bomber Types

The State Department on July 3 released additional details about the types of ballistic missiles, launchers, and bombers being counted under the latest New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) aggregate data. The treaty requires each country by February 2018 to cap its nuclear arsenal at 700 deployed ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles SLBMs), and heavy […]

Nuclear-Weapon States Knock U.N. Nuke Ban Treaty

Several nuclear-weapon states vowed not to support or sign a new nuclear weapon ban treaty after it was adopted by a United Nations conference on July 7. The U.N. conference on July 7 adopted its final text of the legally binding global nuclear weapons ban following months of negotiations, with 122 nations voting in favor, the Netherlands […]

Air Force Ahead of Schedule for New START Compliance, Gen. Rand Says

The United States is months ahead of schedule to meet its obligations in capping the U.S. nuclear arsenal under the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, according to a top Air Force official. Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said on June 7 at a Senate Armed Services […]

Air Force Ahead of Schedule for New START Compliance, Gen. Rand Says

The United States is months ahead of schedule to meet its obligations in capping the U.S. nuclear arsenal under the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, according to a top Air Force official. Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said on June 7 at a Senate Armed Services […]

NSC Official Defends Trump Approach To Nonproliferation, Arms Control

A top National Security Council administration official on June 2 reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to nonproliferation, defending the president’s nuclear policy approach at the Arms Control Association annual meeting. Christopher Ford, special assistant to the president and senior director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation for the National Security Council, said that despite […]

Gen. Robin Rand, the Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Air Force Ahead of Schedule for New START Compliance, Gen. Rand Says

The United States is months ahead of schedule to meet its obligations in capping the U.S. nuclear arsenal under the bilateral New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, according to a top Air Force official. Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said Wednesday at a Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces […]

Air Force Officials Defend LRSO Funding Spike

Top U.S. Air Force officials are standing behind a significant increase in funding the service is proposing for its controversial Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) nuclear cruise missile for fiscal 2018. There seems to be “broad bipartisan support for LRSO,” Gen. Stephen Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff, said on May 25 at a Mitchell […]