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U.S. defense decisions amid fiscal constraints

The U.S. Senate passed its long-awaited defense bill on December 4th, authorizing a $631 billion budget for defense spending in FY 2013. During the coming week, the “conference committee” will be tasked with reconciling this bill with the House version. This process is taking place against the backdrop of intense debates over the looming “fiscal cliff”: the across-the-board cuts which threaten to come into effect if a deal on public spending is not agreed by January 1.

Modernizing NATO’s Nuclear Forces

NATO’s nuclear posture is scheduled to undergo a significant modernization over the next decade that involves upgrading both the nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles. The modernization will significantly increase the military capabilities of NATO’s nuclear posture in Europe. The modernization plan contradicts key elements of the Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR).

Hans Kristensen and Linton Brooks at third BASIC Strategic Dialogue

Amb. Linton Brooks from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Hans Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists engaged in a discussion on “Nuclear modernization": What does it mean and what is required for U.S. security? at the third BASIC strategic dialogue held at the Capitol Hill Club on November 13, 2012.

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