The Kursk submarine disaster has grabbed world attention, but there's one question no one is asking: Why are these subs at sea at all? The cold war is over - the reason for keeping them at sea is gone, and the risk the next accident will involve a sub carrying nuclear weapons is unacceptably high.
A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the possible implications of the United States deploying National Missile Defenses (NMD) was delivered by the Intelligence Community to President Clinton the week of August 7th, after several months of preparation.
The story of the Russian nuclear submarine sunk at the bottom of the Barents Sea with a 116-man crew is terrifying, but it should not be a surprise, especially to the Russian navy," asserts Carnegie's Alexander Pikayev in a New York Times op-ed dated August 16. As Russia accepts British assistance to rescue the crew of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, the plight of the entire Russian Navy has come under the spotlight. The following is an excerpt from "A Navy in Need.
Assessing Current Efforts and Recommendations for Future Action Joint Non-Proliferation Project/RANSAC Event, August 15, 2000
By choosing Senator Joseph Lieberman for a running mate, Presidential Candidate Al Gore adds a Senator with strong convictions on national missile defense (NMD) and considerable expertise on arms-control to the Democratic Presidential ticket.
Ihe Pentagon's assessment of the program to develop a National Missile Defense (NMD) system has been delayed by "several weeks", and is now expected in early September.
In the highest level talks since 1953, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright met North Korea’s Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun in Bangkok. The meeting took place during the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, which North Korea was attending for the first time. Secretary Albright said the meeting was a "symbolically historic step away from the sterility and hostility of the past." The 70-minute discussion – which lasted twice as long as had been scheduled –was "a useful and substantive exchange of views," according to one State Department official. Secretary Albright said she had addressed all issues of American concern, including North Korea’s missile program and had asked about Pyongyang's reported willingness to end this program in exchange for space launch services. The Secretary received no clarification on this point.