Obama’s presidency has been marked by a limited focus on conventional weapons issues.
Russia completed delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran last month, concluding an $800 million deal signed between the two states in 2007.
Deeper integration between conventional and nuclear planning and operations is essential to ensure that U.S. nuclear weapons can continue to effectively fulfill their fundamental deterrence role in the 21st century.
The United States leads an effort to establish norms for “responsible export and subsequent use” of armed UAVs.
Saudi use in Yemen renews criticism of such munitions.
Senators fall short in their effort to block the proposed $1.2 billion sale of tanks and other equipment to Saudi Arabia.
If the U.S. is sincere in its desire to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, it can and should existing U.S. law and its signatory status on the Arms Trade Treaty to encourage better behavior.
How should the United States exercise responsibility in arms deals with Saudi Arabia and other states that fail to adequately guard against civilian casualties in conflict?