Front and Center Februrary 1, to February 14

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An update on arms control, national security & politics from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

February 1 to February 14, 2015WHAT’S NEW:

Ignorance: The Greatest Obstacle

Former Representative Jim Slattery (D-Kan.) just came back from Tehran had this to say about Bibi’s speech, “If I had to decide today I would not attend the speech because I believe that his coming here at this time is showing disrespect to the office of the president.” This was in response to a question by our Executive Director Angela Canterbury at an Atlantic Council event this week where Slattery shared his take on the current negotiations. His emphasis on breaking down the barrier of ignorance about Iran proved a refreshing take on the complex nuclear talks. Watch the C-Span video and read more from Sarah Tully on our blog! [2/11]

Briefing Congress on a Bloated Budget

In case you missed it, the president unveiled the largest defense base budget request in the history of the Pentagon last week (nominal dollars). The request busts the budget caps at $534 billion, not including the war fund, meaning tough choices lie ahead in Congress. That’s why we took our charts and graphs  up to Capitol Hill last week to brief our lawmakers and help them make smart cuts that will improve our national security. Read more about our work on Capitol Hill on our blog and watch a video clip :

You can also check out our Defense Budget Briefing Book on our website or read a brief breakdown of the president’s budget on our blog

Help Us Rein In Pentagon Spending

This year, we will continue to advocate for sensible cuts and a rebalancing of our defense priorities. We hope you’ll stand with us—because we can make a difference. Please consider a $10, $20 or $50 contribution to the Center to help us continue this work!

The Wrong Move

Just before the most recent, and welcome cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia, two members of Congress asked the military to throw nuclear weapons at the problem. In an article published this week in Defense One, Center Board Chair Lt. General Robert Gard and Scoville Fellow Greg Terryn explain why this recommendation is a terrible idea.Read their article on our website.


Four Years of New START

On February 4, 2011, the U.S. and Russia signed a landmark agreement known as New START in an effort to further reduce the bloated nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War foes. Scoville Fellow Greg Terryn gives us the scoop on achievements under New START, as well as its future,
on the Nukes of Hazard blog.

The Pentagon’s New “Yes Man”

This week, Ashton Carter was confirmed as President Obama’s newest Secretary of Defense. But last week was his dog and pony show before the Senate Armed Services. Lucky for you, there’s no need to relive the over-four-hour-long event, because we’ve got you covered with the important highlights on our blog— including the questions we wish he had been asked on the Pentagon’s profligate spending and more!


Our Top Tweets

Here’s what’s been making the biggest splash on our @nukes_of_hazard Twitter over the past few weeks—don’t forget to re-Tweet!