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March 2002 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Bolton Sees Progress in Arms Reduction Talks with Russia Washington File 29 Mar 2002-- The State Department's top arms control official says the United States and Russia are currently engaged in negotiations to codify in a legally binding agreement reductions in strategically deployed nuclear warheads in preparation for a May U.S.-Russia summit.
  • U-S/RUSSIA/NUCLEAR VOA 22 Mar 2002-- A senior United States official says progress has been made in two days of U-S-Russian talks about ways to cut nuclear weapons
  • U.S., Russia Hold Third Session of Arms Reduction Negotiations Washington File 21 Mar 2002-- Seek accord on more reductions for next U.S.-Russian summit
  • State Official Details Threat of Chemical, Biological Weapons Washington File 19 Mar 2002-- I can't think of an intelligence problem more difficult at any level than dealing with biological weapons and chemical weapons," a senior State Department intelligence official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee March 19. "A lot of resources are applied to the problem. But boy, it is hard."
  • U.S. Navy Conducts 95th Straight Successful Test Launch of TRIDENT II (D5) Missile Built by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space Operations Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has successfully test fired a TRIDENT II (D5) Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM), built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems--Missiles & Space Operations, a business area of Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT].
  • Wolfowitz Says U.S. Nuclear Objective is Deterrence Washington File 17 Mar 2002-- The U.S. does not envisage the use of nuclear weapons in its latest strategy review, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. The objective, he said, is "to deter other people from using weapons of mass destruction against us."
  • Byliner: Sokolsky and Rumer on Nuclear Alarmists Washington File 15 Mar 2002-- This column is by Richard D. Sokolsky and Eugene B. Rumer, senior research fellows at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies.
  • U.S. NUCLEAR POLICY: IS WASHINGTON 'RETHINKING THE UNTHINKABLE'? Foreign Media Reaction 15 Mar 2002-- U.S. press reports on the Pentagon's "Nuclear Posture Review" have provoked widespread concern and a good deal of confusion in foreign media outlets.
  • White House Report: Nuclear Policy, Libya, Afghanistan, Colombia Washington File 14 Mar 2002-- The Bush administration's nuclear policy, "is not a new policy. In fact, the most new element" in the January 2002 nuclear posture review is President Bush's follow-through on his campaign promise to unilaterally lower the level of offensive nuclear weapons, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said in response to a reporter's question.
  • U-S/RUSSIA VOA 13 Mar 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States and Russia are likely to adopt a legally-binding agreement formalizing plans to sharply reduce their arsenals of long-range nuclear weapons
  • BUSH NUCLEAR REVIEW VOA 13 Mar 2002-- President Bush says he is committed to reducing America's nuclear arsenal. But he also stresses the United States will do what it must to deter attacks from other countries including Iraq
  • POWELL-NUCLEAR POLICY VOA 12 Mar 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell is rejecting suggestions that a nuclear policy review underway in the Bush administration would make the United States more prone to use nuclear weapons or require a resumption of nuclear testing. He spoke at a Senate hearing Tuesday in response to members' concerns about the draft policy
  • Powell Rejects Reports U.S. Is Boosting Reliance on Nuclear Weapons Washington File 12 Mar 2002-- He says nuclear threshold has not been lowered
  • PENTAGON/NUCLEAR VOA 11 Mar 2002-- The Pentagon is downplaying concerns that the Bush administration may be lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons.
  • U-S/NUCLEAR PLANNING VOA 10 Mar 2002-- Bush administration officials say a Pentagon report on nuclear planning does not represent a major change in U-S policy. And they deny the United States is developing a new class of nuclear weapons for possible future use
  • Defense Dept. Refuses Comment on Leaked Nuclear Weapons Review Washington File 10 Mar 2002-- Responding to news reports March 9 based on leaked copies of a secret Defense Department review of U.S. nuclear weapons plans, the department refused comment on details, but said the review was the latest in a long series conducted ever since nuclear weapons were first developed.

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