Author Archives: Alissa Tabirian

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty First Draft Issued

The United Nations General Assembly on May 22 released the first draft of a legally binding global prohibition on nuclear weapons, which details bans on the use, production, transfer, and testing of such arms. In October, 123 U.N. member states voted to begin negotiations on the treaty; 38 voted against the process, including nuclear powers […]


DoD Begins Nuclear Posture Review

The Defense Department announced Monday that it has formally begun preparing a new Nuclear Posture Review for the Donald Trump administration. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary James Mattis “directed the commencement of the review, which will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

STRATCOM Commander Reviewing INF Treaty

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said Tuesday he is “reviewing” the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, underscoring the Defense Department’s focus on addressing Russia’s violation of the 1987 accord. U.S. officials in February said Russia has deployed a ground-launched nuclear-capable cruise missile and that the Trump administration plans potential responses to […]

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U.S., Russian Nuclear Arsenals Fluctuate In Latest New START Data

The nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russia continue to fluctuate as the two countries work to meet the terms of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), according to the latest aggregate data Monday from the U.S. State Department. The 2010 bilateral accord requires each country by next February to cap its […]

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commder of U.S. European Command. Photo: EUCOM

EUCOM Commander Encourages Greater Response To Russian INF Breach

The head of U.S. military forces in Europe said Tuesday the United States should do more to bring Russia back into compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The Trump administration has determined that Russia is in material breach of the treaty, which prohibits the U.S. and Russia from fielding ground-based cruise and ballistic […]

Workers at the NNSA's Pantex Plant in Texas. Photo: NNSA

NNSA Chief Klotz Says High Explosives Facility At Pantex Plant Ready To Operate

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Tuesday approved Critical Decision (CD)-4 for the High Explosives Pressing Facility (HEPF) at the Pantex Plant, NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz said Wednesday at sister publication ExchangeMonitor’s annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Washington, D.C. CD-4 indicates readiness to operate the facility, following the construction phase. The agency in 2011 began construction […]

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NNSA Extends IT, Cyber Support Services Contract

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Chief Information Officer is extending for up to six months its contract with Metrica Team Venture for information technology support services. A Dec. 23 notice said the agency will modify the San Antonio, Texas, company’s task order for additional IT and cyber security services in a one-month […]

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Wrap Up: New NTI Report Shines Light on Cybersecurity Needs at Nuclear Facilities

VIENNA — Governments, industry, and international organizations should work together to boost the cyber defense capabilities at nuclear facilities worldwide, according to a report from the nongovernmental Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), released at a Dec.7 side event during the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Conference on Nuclear Security. NTI’s Outpacing Cyber Threats report says traditional cyber defense methods […]

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NNSA Awards Sandia M&O Contract to Honeywell Subsidiary

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) on Friday said it had awarded the management and operations contract for the Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International [HON]. Northrop Grumman [NOC] and the Universities Research Association consortium will support NTESS under the contract, […]

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Interpol Seeks Continued CBRNE Defense Funding

VIENNA – A top Interpol official said last week that funding for the global police organization’s CBRNE defense operations is a matter of concern given its work in building the capacity of law enforcement agencies worldwide to prevent acts of nuclear or radiological terrorism. Doug Ledingham, acting assistant director of Interpol’s CBRNE subdirectorate – which […]