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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

January 2002 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Text: New CIA Report Documents Global Weapons Proliferation Trends Washington File 31 Jan 2002-- A new report submitted to Congress January 30 by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is changing in ways that are increasingly difficult to monitor, thereby "increasing the risk" of their possible future surprise use.
  • Interview: Key Official Says U.S. Is Committed to Nonproliferation Washington File 30 Jan 2002-- The new U.S. assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation says the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon should be a reminder to the civilized world that it needs to combat "with every ounce of strength" terrorist efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD), because if terrorists possess them "they will use them."
  • Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $248 Million Contract for Trident II D5 Missile Production and D5 Service Life Extension Lockheed Martin 29 Jan 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems-Missiles & Space Operations, Sunnyvale, Calif., a $248 million contract for the follow-on production of 12 TRIDENT II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBM) and start of the D5 service life extension (LE) program.
  • Text: U.S. Official Defends Security at Nuclear Weapons Sites Washington File 25 Jan 2002-- A U.S. official says allegations that the Department of Energy has lax security at its nuclear weapons facilities are false and misleading.
  • U-N / U-S / DISARMAMENT VOA 24 Jan 2002-- The United States is calling for increased pressure on countries that aid the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons as part of its international war on terrorism
  • Transcript: Bolton Says U.S. Will Not Resume Nuclear Testing Washington File 24 Jan 2002-- Under Secretary of State John Bolton says the Bush administration has no plans to resume nuclear testing, which was halted by the United States in 1992.
  • Text: Abraham Announces Plan to Dispose of Surplus Plutonium Washington File 24 Jan 2002-- The U.S. Department of Energy will dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons grade plutonium by turning it into fuel for nuclear reactors.
  • Text: Bolton Calls for Stronger Curbs on Weapons of Mass Destruction Washington File 24 Jan 2002-- Under Secretary of State John Bolton called on the 66-nation Conference on Disarmament to approve stricter controls on the spread of weapons of mass destruction because of the threat they pose to international security.
  • U-S/NUKE LAB SECURITY VOA 23 Jan 2002-- A U-S congressman is criticizing the Energy Department, saying it has failed to provide adequate security at the country's nuclear facilities. The criticism, which U-S energy officials reject, is based on a report by a private government oversight group that says terrorists could gain access to materials and build and detonate a nuclear device within minutes
  • U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY: 'SLEIGHT OF HAND' DOESN'T ESCAPE FOREIGN NOTICE Foreign Media Reaction 18 Jan 2002-- The U.S.' "Nuclear Posture Review"--particularly its plans to store rather than destroy some nuclear warheads, and to shorten the lead time on any future nuclear weapons tests--was the subject of limited but, nonetheless, pointed criticism from Russia, European capitals, Canada, Australia and China. A Canadian paper suggested that, with the world's press diverted by other hot-button foreign policy issues, the U.S. may have hoped that last week's Pentagon briefing on the NPR would not cause much of a ripple overseas. A cadre of editorialists, however, put the spotlight on what was widely seen as "deceitful posturing" on the part of the Bush administration: Belying the president's "promised bold thinking on the U.S. nuclear deterrent," the U.S. was, in their view, using "an accounting sleight of hand" to make sure that any heralded arms cuts are "eminently reversible." The prospect of resumed nuclear testing further raised hackles for many analysts, who saw it as one more affront to international arms control. Some complained that the U.S. seems determined to have the CTBT go the way of the soon-to-be-defunct ABM Treaty, thus further "impairing international confidence in arms control." A recent round of U.S.-Russian arms talks, which "ended in practically nothing" according to Russian commentators, added to the generally aggrieved tone in Moscow media. Highlights follow:
  • U.S., Russian Defense Officials Conclude Early Arms Talks Washington File 17 Jan 2002-- Delegates agree to series of working groups
  • Transcript: DOD Briefing on U.S.-Russia Strategic Force Talks Washington File 16 Jan 2002-- The United States and Russia are continuing to work on a new way of looking at international strategic stability, a Defense Department official told journalists in a briefing January 16 at the conclusion of two days of talks at the Pentagon with a Russian delegation.
  • U-S / NUKE STRATEGY VOA 09 Jan 2002-- Bush Administration officials confirmed Wednesday that the United States plans to store rather than destroy some of the nuclear missiles being dismantled as part of an arms reduction agreement with Russia
  • Special Briefing on the Nuclear Posture Review 09 Jan 2002-- Special briefing on the results of the Nuclear Posture Review [NPR]. Also participating were Rear Adm. Barry M. Costello, deputy director for Strategy and Policy, Joint Staff; John Harvey, director, Office of Policy, Planning, Assessment and Analysis, Department of Energy; and Richard McGraw, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
  • Review Changes Status of Nuclear Deterrent 09 Jan 2002-- DoD is embarked on making fundamental changes to America's nuclear deterrent, said J.D. Crouch, assistant defense secretary for international security policy.
  • U.S. Will Rely Less On Strategic Nuclear Weapons, Reduce Arsenal Washington File 09 Jan 2002-- Greater focus due on conventional arms, missile defense
  • ATK Joint Venture Awarded $191 Million Contract for Minuteman Propulsion Replacement Program ATK 08 Jan 2002 -- the first for full-rate production -- follows a successful low-rate production program with completion of all Air Force critical milestones, including deployment of the first refurbished Minuteman ICBM to an operational silo in 2001.

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