The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… deal substantively with foreign journalists. In an email exchange with the Center for Public Integrity, Vanunu indicated that he still faces restrictions but did not elaborate. …"

Briefing the president but keeping the public in the dark

By James Arkin

Washington kept grim early estimates of the death and destruction from a nuclear war with Russia secret for more than half a century.

Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows

By Douglas Birch

The White House rejected a confidential proposal to accelerate work on nuclear security problems despite a missed 2013 deadline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… The proposal, which appears in a May 2013 report obtained recently by the Center for Public Integrity, was intended to address the huge amount of unfinished work in the Obama a …"

Federal auditors say Obama administration underestimates nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Analysts again say the Defense and Energy Departments have wrongly omitted billions of dollars from their forecasts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… une 10, did not estimate the exact size of the undercount. But it said the Pentagon had wrongly omitted from its formal estimate of nuclear-related work the p …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… aterials." The main elements of the deal were reported on March 11 by the Center for Public Integrity, in a series of articles detailing recent friction between the two countri …"

"… dergoing repairs. During a visit to the research reactor in November, the Center for Public Integrity found aging infrastructure — including unpainted walls and old equipment …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ,” the draft states, according to a copy of the document obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. But that promise — cautious and hedged as it is — had not yet been a …"

Plutonium fever blossoms in Japan

Cronyism, influence-buying and a stifling of dissenting voices have kept the Japanese nuclear industry going strong after Fukushima.

Excerpts from this story referencing "investigative journalist":

"… ditor for national security at the Center. Jake Adelstein has worked as an investigative journalist in Tokyo since 1993. …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "simulation":

"… eadily reach the Japanese coastline. But there was no “force-on-force” simulation like those routinely included in U.S. exercises. The diplomat concluded Mi …"

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Plutonium":

"… been documented. But another facility at the Tokai research center — the Plutonium Fuel Production Facility — has acknowledged difficulties in keeping trac …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Korea":

"… e plutonium, and lodged representations to the Japanese side recently.” South Korea has expressed a similar interest in plutonium production, pointing explici …"

"… f Rokkasho opens, the United States will find it particularly hard to tell South Korea that it cannot make plutonium-based fuels — a goal that Seoul is strenuo …"

Nuclear Waste: Cost of South Carolina fuel plant goes up by billions of dollars — again

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch

The MOX plant may cost another $30 billion to complete and operate, and federal officials are newly wary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Nuclear Security Administration":

"… ions about it to the Energy Department. Keri Fulton, a spokeswoman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the arm of the department responsible for the MOX project, said the agenc …"

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… om 32 to 25, the report said, largely because of a concerted effort by the United States to collect the materials or to assist in their protection or destruction. …"

"… Congress’s failure to do so, said the report’s authors, prevented the United States from receiving a better score. The group, which is headed by former Sen. …"

"… dangers posed by nuclear explosive or “fissile” materials, listed the United States as one of four countries out of 25 with stocks where security had lagged. …"

"… enter for Science and International Affairs. The report was issued as the United States and others prepare for the third international nuclear security summit in …"

Obama administration understated nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An independent report projects a much higher bill for the administration’s weapons programs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… l will likely cost around 66 percent more over the next decade than senior Pentagon officials have predicted, according to a new assessment by the indepe …"

"… Congress finished action on a 2014 budget bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had …"

"… bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had said in 2011 congressional testimony that t …"

"… rage of $21 billion a year, an amount he pegged at around 3 percent of the Pentagon’s likely overall budget for that period. His boss at the time, Deputy S …"

A new use for nuclear weapons: hunting rogue asteroids

By Douglas Birch

A persistent campaign by weapons designers to develop a nuclear defense against extraterrestrial rocks slowly wins government support.

Excerpts from this story referencing "the Interfax news":

"… teroid’s orbit may be considered.” According to a separate article by the Interfax news service, Shubin warned members of Russia’s Federation Council, the upper …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Reagan":

"… Sokolski, who served as a senior nonproliferation official under President Reagan. The U.S. breeder revival got a more concerted push in 2001, when an indu …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vladimir Putin":

"… stration official said. That was one day after Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin had what several officials describe as a difficult private conversation ab …"

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Nuclear security bill clears House but Senate prospects unclear

By Global Security Newswire

Nuclear security bill clears House but Senate prospects unclear

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in spending on warheads

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Nuclear Security Administration":

"… atly slowed, while the Defense Department and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration study alternative ways to safeguard tons of the excess plutonium. Secreta …"

"… To cover the $10 billion total cost overrun, the Energy Department and its National Nuclear Security Administration agreed to transfer roughly $3 billion into weapons work from management ac …"

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"…  is in the midst of imploding and unable even to muster a response to Israel’s recent bombing of an arms factory in its capital. Russian arms reduct …"

Nukes likely to decline in Obama’s second term

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Talk of an informal agreement with Russia becomes public now that the election is past.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… sp;the nation’s stockpile of nuclear warheads, is also headed down, with Barack Obama’s reelection.This is not a great surprise. Obama promised in a 2009 spee …"

Hospitals failing to secure dirty bomb materials

By Aaron Mehta

Hospitals are failing to secure potential dirty bomb materials, says GAO

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Texas":

"… . Kupperman, who heads the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas.  “By contrast, a nuclear weapon from stolen HEU could kill tens of …"

U.S. nuclear targeting unaltered since 2008

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Balkans":

"… p of Eastern Europe was redrawn, NATO was expanded and wars erupted in the Balkans, the Persian Gulf and the Middle East. “The fundamental objectives of U. …"

U.S. arms control official: Test ban treaty faces 'uphill' fight in Senate

By Zach Toombs

U.S. arms control official predicts 'uphill' fight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… ooperation from nuclear states such as Pakistan, India and North Korea. …"

"… nbsp;with nuclear arms or advanced nuclear programs. Gottemoeller said the Obama administration still has no specific timetable for pushing the treaty thro …"

"… for a vote when the time is right.”Both as a candidate and as president, Obama has made the passage of the test ban treaty a keynote issue in his nuclear …"

Are nuclear weapons contractors’ millions in campaign contributions buying favors?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A sizable flow of cash and well-connected lobbyists bolster congressional support for the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… rding to data the Center compiled from the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. The rest went to lawmakers who are active on nuclear weapons issues becau …"

"… lifetime campaign funding, according to data on the Center for Responsive Politics website.McKeon’s spokesman Alissa McCurley told the Center for Public In …"

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Squabbling in Washington intensifies as a former nuclear force commander urges 80% reduction in the arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mike Turner":

"… bcommittee that helps shape the nation’s nuclear arsenal, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), has been scathing about the Obama administration’s considerati …"

Nuclear testers can run but not hide

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An expert scientific panel says that signficant, clandestine explosions are just about impossible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Williams, a specialist in nanoscience who now oversees scientific work at BP. And while the science of detection has been advancing by leaps and bounds …"

Possible nuclear weapons cuts worry Republican lawmakers

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Future arms agreements threaten profitable line of work for defense contracting giants

Excerpts from this story referencing "New START":

"… be obstructed by the latest nuclear weapons agreement with Russia, called New START, which cuts the number of U.S. strategic warheads from 1790 to 1550 by 201 …"

"… ivisions in recent years. In late 2010, for example, the Senate passed the New START treaty with Russia over the opposition of the Republican leadership. Thirt …"

"… part to remind Obama that in order to win some Republican support for the New START treaty, he pledged to modernize the current nuclear arsenal. “As you kno …"

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates throw out false facts on Iran

By FactCheck.Org

Paul undermines nuclear threat, Santorum stretches legitimacy of Iranian election

Excerpts from this story referencing "nuclear explosive device":

"… 8 that Iran has carried out activities “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.”On “Meet the Press,” Rick Santorum went too far in claiming Obama …"

"… 8 that Iran has carried out activities “relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device.” That led the BBC to report: “Correspondents say this is the Int …"

"… ates that Iran has carried out several activities relevant to developing a nuclear explosive device, including “acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and d …"

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