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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

April 2002 - United States Special Weapons News

  • Background Briefing en route to Moscow 29 Apr 2002-- Senior Defense Official: What the Nuclear Posture Review stated was that the United States needed the ability to respond to changes in the security environment that might be unforeseen. This is particularly true given the fact that under present circumstances, our nuclear weapons complex is not in a position to respond well to those changes by producing new weapons or producing new warheads that might go on existing systems. So we felt that it was prudent to hang onto a portion of those systems and give us the flexibility to respond to those changes, if necessary, as we draw down the operationally deployed force. It has really been the focus of arms control for the last 20 or 30 years -- those weapons that are actually on top of existing missiles and that are available for use on bomber weapons or in bomber forces.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Joint Media Availability with Minister Ivanov - Apr. 29 29 Apr 2002-- Rumsfeld: Over the decades, the relationship has tended to be about arms control. And as we stand here in front of this group, I wouldn't want to leave the impression that that is the way it is today. The relationship between the United States and Russia is different in breadth and dimension. It is evolving in a way that the discussions we have today are not simply about arms control, but rather, it's a multifaceted relationship that involves political and economic, as well as security issues. And the discussions that Defense Minister Ivanov and I have from time to time cover a full range of subjects, as they should between two nations that are no longer enemies.
  • Defense Official Says U.S.-Russia Arms Pact Still Possible 29 Apr 2002-- It's still "a possibility" that a legally binding strategic arms agreement will be ready for President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign at their May summit, a senior defense official told journalists during a background briefing on the U.S. defense secretary's plane en route to Moscow April 29.

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