Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2021 - United States Special Weapons News
- General Notes Value, Limitations of New START Treaty DoD News 26 Feb 2021 -- America's nuclear triad consists of heavy bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
- Democrats Want Biden to Relinquish Sole Authority for Nuclear Launches VOA 25 Feb 2021 -- The president of the United States, always accompanied by a military aide carrying a satchel containing nuclear launch codes, has sole authority to order nuclear warfare or respond in kind to such an enemy attack.
- Minuteman III test launch demonstrates safe, reliable deterrent US Air Force 24 Feb 2021 -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle at 11:47 p.m. Pacific Time Feb. 24 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
- Air Force releases environmental study on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM recapitalization Test Program US Air Force 19 Feb 2021 -- The U.S. Air Force announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, or GBSD, Test Program. The GBSD program would modernize the aging U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III system.
- US Will Look at Other Ways to Advance Strategic Stability With Russia, State Department Says Sputnik 16 Feb 2021 -- Moscow's deputy foreign minister for non-proliferation and arms control, Sergei Ryabkov, recently said Russia may be able to return to some of the many treaties shredded by the Trump administration - but not all of them.
- Russian Deputy FM: Any Agreement to Replace New START Treaty Requires Discussing US Missile Defence Sputnik 11 Feb 2021 -- A five-year extension of the arms reduction treaty came into force earlier this month, as Moscow and Washington managed to find common ground before the deal expired to preserve global peace and security.
- US, Russian Officials Hail START Treaty Extension VOA 04 Feb 2021 -- The United States and Russia have agreed that their five-year extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, will enhance national and international security. The treaty limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles each side can maintain.
- U.S., Russia Extend Arms Reduction Treaty DoD News 04 Feb 2021 -- The United States and the Russian Federation have agreed to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty for five years, U.S. officials announced.
- U.S. extends nuclear arms control treaty with Russia for five years People's Daily 04 Feb 2021 -- The United States on Wednesday extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia for five years, said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
- North Atlantic Council Statement on the Extension of the New START Treaty NATO 03 Feb 2021
- On the Extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation US Dept. of State 03 Feb 2021 -- "President Biden pledged to keep the American people safe from nuclear threats by restoring U.S. leadership on arms control and nonproliferation. Today, the United States took the first step toward making good on that pledge when it extended the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation for five years."
- New START Treaty Mythbusters US Dept. of State 03 Feb 2021 -- Fact Sheet
- Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the extension of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 03 Feb 2021 -- On February 3, 2021 the MFA of Russia and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow exchanged diplomatic notes regarding the completion of internal procedures required for the entry into force of the Agreement to extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of April 8, 2010 (New START).
- U.S., Russia Extend New START Nuclear Arms Treaty For 5 Years RFE/RL 03 Feb 2021 -- Russia and the United States have formally extended the New START nuclear arms-control treaty for another five years, just days before it was set to expire.
- US, Russia reach deal to extend nuclear arms treaty Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- The United States and Russia have reached a new deal to extend for five years a key nuclear arms treaty between the the two superpowers.
- New START Extension Agreement Comes Into Force, to Remain in Effect Until 5 February 2026 Sputnik 03 Feb 2021 -- The agreement on the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force on 3 February, with Russia and the United States exchanging relevant notes, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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