Holding the rotating chair of the 30-nation group, the United States plans to focus on chemical weapons.
Upgraded Nuclear Weapon Passes F-15 Test
If the White House will not rule out the option of conducting new nuclear tests, Congress should step in to ensure that such testing is not an option the president may exercise unilaterally, now or in the future.
The Trump administration is now considering conducting a nuclear test for political signaling purposes, as a ploy in future arms talks with Russia and China. Worse, the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $10 million specifically for a nuclear test blast if ordered by President Trump. Key Senators and members of the House are pushing back but they need to hear your support for prohibiting funding for nuclear testing. (June 2020)
The Trump administration is weighing whether to conduct a nuclear test explosion as a negotiating standpoint as it seeks an arms control agreement with Russia and China. Making matters worse, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to authorize $10 million to execute a nuclear test if necessary.
Three and a half years since taking office, the Trump administration has failed to develop, let alone pursue, a coherent nuclear arms control strategy. The administration’s official nuclear policy document, the “2018 Nuclear Posture Review,” barely discusses arms control as a risk reduction tool.
The Trump administration’s plan to ramp up production of plutonium is unnecessary and likely to exceed current budget and schedule goals.
Citing Russian noncompliance, the Trump administration has triggered the Open Skies Treaty’s withdrawal provision.
Officials have agreed on a venue to discuss arms control, but not an agenda.