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TacNukes News No. 10, July 2014
- NATO Deputy Secretary General affirms hope for arms control; prospects under additional strain with INF dispute
- Ukraine crisis, military exercises bring more attention to nuclear postures
- U.S. Congressional committee worried about B61 bomb costs but recommends full financial support
- Coming up: Release of UK Defence Committee report on NATO at end of July, NATO Summit in early September
TacNukes News No. 9, May 2014
- Impact of Ukraine crisis further diminishes arms control prospects
- High-level transatlantic commission releases recommendations for progress on nuclear arms control
- Reinvigorated role for tactical nuclear weapons in allied security considered by some in light of Ukraine crisis
- Activists break into Volkel Air Base
- Group of parliamentarians send letter to U.S. Congress expressing opposition to B61s in Europe
- U.S. Administration increases budget requests for programs related to tactical nuclear weapons in Europe
- United States ramps up testing of B61-12
- U.S. Air Force head says NATO could compensate if some European allies decide to forego B61 nuclear mission
- Chicago Council launches task force to address tactical nuclear weapons
TacNukes News No. 8, February 2014
- New German Coalition revises government position on TNW
- Dutch ministers say they need to defer to NATO on nuclear question
- B61-12 Life Extension Program fully funded for FY 2014
- Former U.S. officials critique status quo on B-61/TNW
- Senators comment on financial challenge to transatlantic mission
- Iskander controversy heats up, then dies down again
- NATO mulls approach to Russia
TacNukes News No. 7, November 2013
- Congressional focus on the B61 Life Extension Program
- NNSA performs radar drop test for the B61
- U.S. NGO obtains JASONS scientists’ review of B61 option
- Russian Deputy defense minister questions legality of U.S. TNW based in Non-Nuclear Weapons States
- Dutch Parliament approves motion against nuclear-capable version of the Joint Strike Fighter
- Dutch government releases policy paper on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament
- B61 bomb upgrade spurs controversy in The Netherlands
TacNukes News No. 6, August 2013
1. Prospects for Russian-U.S. Arms Control
2. NATO’s future nuclear posture
3. Project Publications
4. The German debate on TNW during election campaign
5. President Obama wants to cut TNW
6. NATO and UN common issues on nuclear weapons
7. A new European-Russian Leadership Task Force
8. U.S. House and Senate curb B61 spending
9. The Netherlands ends ambiguity around TNW
TacNukes News No. 5, May 2013
1. TNW and Confidence and Security Building Measures
2. The Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative at the NPT PrepCom
3. NATO Parliamentarians letter to Obama
4. The Netherlands debate on TNW
5. Rethinking the “NATO” argument in the NPT forum
6. View on TNW from Turkey
7. Voices from Russia and the U.W. on B61 LEP, TNW, and future arms control
8. Nuclear Extended Deterrence
9. New Joint Project Publication: NATO’s Nuclear Guardians
TacNukes News No. 4, March 2013
1. NATO Agrees to New Arms Control Body
2. European Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence
3. Turkey and TNW
4. The Netherlands and TNW
5. Conventional Imbalance and TNW
6. B61 LEP news
7. MPI Framework Forum Roundtable news
8. TNW and Confidence and Security Building Measures
9. Updated CRS Report
TacNukes News No. 3, January 2013
1. New Publication
2. Russian TNW stockpiles – new numbers
3. Central European views on TNW
4. US boots on the ground in Poland
5. Debate on Nuclear Weapons Modernization in Germany intensifies
6. Last minute news from NATO
TacNukes News No. 2, November 2012
1. New Publications
2. B 61 Life Extension Program
3. B 61 safety problems reported
4. Nuclear Sharing Exercise “Steadfast Noon”
5. Debate on Nuclear Weapons Modernization in
6. TNW after US elections
TacNukes News No. 1, September 2012
1. Is there a life after the DDPR? Statement from European Leaders.
2. Future arms control options evaluated in policy brief.
3. Debate on the B61 Life Extension Program picks up speed. Different contributions.
4. Foreign Ministers call to move forward with the “Action Plan” in ministerial statement.
5. UN Secretary General calls for withdrawal of nuclear weapons to possessor states.
6. New study on tactical nuclear weapons published by the Federation of American Scientists.
The DDPR has done little to help create the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear weapons despite NATO committing itself to pursuit of this goal at the 2010 Summit in Lisbon.
We agree that there is an urgent need for increased transparency on Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons and for reciprocal Russian action in response to any moves made by NATO. But we also think that by limiting mainstream political interest largely to this Russian dimension of the nuclear problem, the states of central and Eastern Europe are making themselves vulnerable where it really matters, namely in their relationship with the United States.
- Browne, Des; Kearns, Jan (August 2012) NATO, Russia, and the Nuclear Disarmament Agenda: Reflections Post Chicago (European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation) http://www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org/nato-russia-and-the-nuclear-disarmament-agenda-reflections-post-chicago_418.html
2. Future arms control options in policy brief. “Since neither side wants to reduce its nonstrategic forces because of disparity or to compensate for conventional inferiority, NATO is now limiting itself to pursuing softer issues such as transparency and confidence-building measures,” Hans Kristensen said at a recent conference in Switzerland. “These are important and worthwhile steps but they will not in and of themselves result in reductions of nonstrategic nuclear weapons.”
- Grossman, Elaine (September 2012) Seeking Kremlin Engagement, NATO Weighs Next Nuclear Posture Steps (Global Security Newswire) http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/seeking-kremlin-engagement-nato-weighs-next-nuclear-posture-steps/
3. Debate on the B61 Life Extension Program picks up speed.While the German government in Chicago has agreed to “ensure that all components of NATO’s nuclear deterrent remain safe, secure, and effective for as long as NATO remains a nuclear alliance,” it thus has yet to take hard decisions to keep Germany in the nuclear business and will have to explain this policy to a German public that is largely anti-nuclear.
- Meier, Oliver (September 2012) No German pledge on nuclear-capable aircraft modernization (Arms Control Now) http://armscontrolnow.org/2012/09/12/no-german-pledge-on-nuclear-capable-aircraft-modernization/
- Kristensen, H. M. (June 2012) B61 Nuclear Bomb Costs Escalating (FAS Strategic Security Blog) http://www.fas.org/blog/ssp/2012/05/b61cost.php
- Lewis, Jeffrey (September 2012) A Steal at $10 Billion (Foreign Policy) http://www..foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/05/a_steal_at_10_billion?print=yes&hidecomments=yes&page=full
- Priest, Dana (September 2012) The B61 bomb: A case study in needs and costs (The Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-b61-bomb-a-case-study-in-needs-and-costs/2012/09/16/494aff00-f831-11e1-8253-3f495ae70650_story_2.html
4. Foreign Ministers call to move forward with the “Action Plan” in ministerial statement.Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, resolve to move forward with practical steps that will advance the implementation of the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference Action Plan (“Action Plan”) and to pursue the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
- Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (September 2012) Statement of the 5th Ministerial Meeting (German Federal Foreign Office) http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/cae/servlet/contentblob/627306/publicationFile/172363/120926-NPDI_DL.pdf
5. UN Secretary General calls for withdrawal of nuclear weapons to possessor states.Ban Ki-moon urges nuclear weapon states to “stop deploying nuclear weapons on foreign soil, and retire such weapons.”
- Ban Ki-moon (August 2012) World is over-armed and peace is under-funded (The Korea Times) http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/08/160_118435.html
Mr. Kristensen argues that the time is ripe for new leadership in both the United States and Russia to take the next steps in phasing out U.S. non-strategic weapons deployed in Europe and in having Russia complete its commitments under the 1991-1992 Presidential Nuclear Initiatives, especially the requirement to eliminate its groundlaunched nuclear weapons.
This report also wisely points out that “non-strategic nuclear weapons are neither the problem nor the solution” to NATO European countries’ security concerns. These weapons are anachronistic vestiges of Cold War thinking.
- Kristensen, Hans M. (May 2012) Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons (Federation of American Scientists)