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Nuclear Terrorism

Obama Picks Up His Own Nuclear Baton

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

In a speech in Berlin on June 19, a second-term Obama laid out a larger foreign policy agenda and a small working 'to-do list' for one of the president's top legacy issues: reducing the threat of nuclear weapons and terrorism to enhance US national and fiscal security.

Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Nick Turse | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Iranian cities -- owing to geography, climate, building construction, and population densities -- are particularly vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a new study.

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch April 9, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, no...

Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

Robert Gallucci | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Gallucci

Nations with nuclear material -- whether military or civilian -- must secure and eliminate stocks of highly enriched uranium and plutonium. The threat of nuclear terror is not just possible, it is quite plausible; if effective action is not taken, over time, it is probable.

IAEA Says Nuclear Security Is Improving

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2012 | Green

* Second nuclear security summit draws Obama, other leaders * IAEA says progress made, but incidents show more needed * ...

Washington Can Work: Celebrating Twenty Years With Zero Nuclear Terrorism

Graham Allison | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics
Graham Allison

As Washington antics undermine our confidence in government, it is instructive to think back 20 years to challenges a President and Congress faced in December, 1991.

Post-Bin Laden, It's Time to End the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism for Good

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The use of nuclear weapons in any part of the world would affect every living creature. Their use is simply unthinkable. Yet the United States and Russia maintain thousands on hair trigger alert. And terrorists actively seek their use.

Could "Virtual Deterrence" Actually Increase the Chances of Nuclear War?

Russ Wellen | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In its inability to signal a true commitment to nuclear disarmament, virtual deterrence is hardly ideal. But it sounds like a step in the right direction, right? Wrong.

U.K. Arrests 5 Under Terror Laws Near Nuclear Plant

AP | Posted 07.03.2011 | World

LONDON — Five men have been arrested under anti-terrorism laws near a nuclear waste-processing plant in northwest England, police said Tuesday. ...

A Career U.S. Intelligence Officer on Al Qaeda, Nuclear Terrorism and the Nuclear Threat

Rahim Kanani | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

In a recent discussion with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, we discussed al Qaeda's quest for nuclear weapons, the scale and scope of the nuclear terrorism threat, and ways in which we can avert a nuclear terrorist attack.

New Nuclear Project Distracts From Existing Safety (Read: Seismic) Issues

Russ Wellen | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In a cruel joke at a time of supposed disarmament, the CMRR promises to be the most expensive construction project in the history of Los Alamos.

Thanks to Fukushima Light Shed on U.S. Nuclear Facility Located on a Volcano

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The light shining on the safety of nuclear energy as a result of the Japanese nuclear crisis has been of such powerful wattage that it's even flushing safety issues with nuclear weapons labs and manufacturing facilities out of hiding.

Reaching Global Zero

Valerie Plame Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Valerie Plame Wilson

As a former CIA covert operations officer, I believe nuclear proliferation is the most urgent threat we face, regardless of gender. The only solution is to lock down all materials and eliminate all weapons in all countries: Global Zero.

Keep Up the Pace of Locking Down the Bomb

Matthew Bunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Bunn

The House's appropriators have said that they will not cut spending on national security. But they have unwisely concluded that nuclear security programs are not in that protected category.

Islam and the Bomb: Religious Justification for and Against Nuclear Weapons

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

By compiling numerous comments made by a range of religious clerics, scholars and authorities, the goal is to assess the substance of the religious discourse concerning Shi'a Islam and the permissibility of WMD acquisition, possession and use.

What Would End-Timers Do Without the Threat of Nuclear Annihilation?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Russ Wellen

"The Great Atomic Power" was first recorded in 1952, the year that the hydrogen bomb was first tested. The song may have provided some comfort for those listeners aware that the nuclear arms race was at its height.

Does the Taboo Against the Use of Nuclear Weapons Increase Their Allure?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

We're under the gun: we need to make use of the nuclear taboo as a springboard to disarmament before its expiration date. But there exists another nuclear taboo against discussing the destruction caused by nuclear weapons.

Is "It's Not Fair" a Childish Response to Being Denied Nuclear Weapons?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

No matter the short term benefits to security, when the West severs the ties that bind disarmament to nonproliferation, it further undermines the trust of the developing world and long-term prospects for international security.

Thanks to New START, You too Can "Ride Out" a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With hawks always willing to poke a stick into the hive of U.S.-Russia relations, it's folly to think that just because the Cold War ended that we've been inoculated against nuclear war with Russia.

Building a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Apocalypse Never , by Tad Daley, is a new book that deserves wide circulation, for it is a spirited, ringing call for nuclear weapons abolition.

Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The incarnation of "sexy," that is, that cropped up a few years ago: exciting or trendy in a general, not erotic, way. That settled, let's move on to ...

Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb (Read: Nuclear) Scenario

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

When the subject of torture in the abstract is broached, the conversation tends to wend its way toward the terrorist and the ticking time-bomb scenari...

Are Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Once Joined at the Hip, Headed for Divorce?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Whether or not we disarm has no bearing on the plans of states that hope to acquire or develop nuclear weapons. Whether or not disarmament discourages proliferation is immaterial -- it's our only recourse.

Why Obama Should Welcome GOP Opposition to New START

Michael Lieberman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Lieberman

Failing to ratify START will have serious ramifications for other U.S. priorities around the world. Yet nuclear terrorism and reduced leverage on Iran are risks Republicans seem blithely willing to tolerate.

Opposition to New START Pits Republicans Against Traditional Allies

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Perhaps bewitched by Tea Party-style incoherence, Republicans guided by Jon Kyl have placed themselves in the unlikely position of bucking the national defense establishment, to which traditionally they've been joined at the hip.