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January 7, 2010

U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Delayed Until March
Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire

The Obama administration will not unveil the results of a major review of U.S. nuclear weapons strategy until March 1, a senior Defense Department official told Congress late last month (see GSN, Jan. 4).

Initially anticipated for release last month, the Defense Department-led Nuclear Posture Review is a major assessment of nuclear forces, strategy and readiness, sometimes dubbed the "NPR." A congressional deadline for submitting the report was subsequently set for the end of January, just prior to the due date for the fiscal 2011 budget request. | Full Article

Nuclear Threat Demands a Sustained U.S. Effort
Howard James Hubbard and Leon Lederman, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

The end of the Cold War changed the world, and 9/11 changed it again. But despite new threats to our security, we continue to rely on outdated thinking when it comes to nuclear weapons. | Full Article

Think Again: Nuclear Weapons
John Mueller, Foreign Policy

President Obama's pledge to rid the world of atomic bombs is a waste of breath. But not for the reasons you might imagine. | Full Article

Iran Shielding Its Nuclear Efforts in Maze of Tunnels
William J. Broad, The New York Times

Last September, when Iran's uranium enrichment plant buried inside a mountain near the holy city of Qum was revealed, the episode cast light on a wider pattern: Over the past decade, Iran has quietly hidden an increasingly large part of its atomic complex in networks of tunnels and bunkers across the country. | Full Article

China Rules Out New U.N. Sanctions on Iran For Now
Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

China's U.N. ambassador on Tuesday dashed Western hopes for a swift agreement on a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, saying the issue requires more "time and patience." | Full Article

A False Nuclear Alarm
Joseph Cirincione, Foreign Policy

With its latest editorial calling for more nuclear weapons and more weapons spending, the Wall Street Journal has gone over a journalistic cliff. The serious factual errors in its Jan. 5 screed, "A False Nuclear Start," raise serious questions about the newspaper's credibility and integrity. | Full Article


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