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Getting to Zero Update

Although implementation of the New START nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States was moving along, disagreement over missile defense continued to pose a serious blockage in the relationship. Diplomatic efforts around North Korea were at an uptick, and India and Pakistan have managed to revive stalled peace talks.

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What's next with Trident in the United States?

The United States and the United Kingdom have collaborated very closely for many decades on their submarine-based nuclear weapons systems, and developments in one country are likely to continue having an impact on the other. This brief reviews the United States' strategic nuclear submarine program within the context of U.S. and U.K. plans for replacing the fleets.

Budget Battles

Congress is in recess this week, in fact through May 1. But the battle lines have now been drawn over the fiscal 2012 budget as House Representatives prepare to resume the debate, with both sides of the aisle vowing to restore fiscal sanity to the nation while presenting widely divergent solutions.

Dropping nuclear submarine policy has benefits

Paul Ingram wrote the lead letter in the Financial Times, arguing that "there are in fact substantial financial benefits" to ending the requirement that the United Kingdom maintain a nuclear submarine at sea at all times. "Not only would the current running costs be reduced, but so too would the total substantial capital costs..."

Read the full letter on the website of the Financial Times:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/afb28048-c056-11df-8a81-00144feab49a.html

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