The following article was originally posted on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog, The Equation. One of the frustrations of trying to change policy is that frequently repeated myths can short-circuit careful thinking about current policies and keep policy makers from recognizing better alternatives. That is particularly frustrating—and dangerous—when the topic is nuclear weapons. Under […]
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The US early warning system is on watch 24/7, looking for signs of a nuclear missile launched at the United States. As a highly complex system with links to sensors around the globe and in space, it relies heavily on computers to do its job. So, what happens if there is a glitch in the […]
The following post was written by David Wright and Lisbeth Gronlund as part of our Huffington Post series on nuclear security. Gronlund and Wright are both Senior Scientists and Co-Directors of the Global Security Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Yesterday the White House announced that President Obama will visit Hiroshima — the first sitting […]
In April 2009 in Prague, President Obama highlighted the continuing risks posed by nuclear weapons. He promised to “take concrete steps” to reduce those risks and “put an end to Cold War thinking.” Since then, the administration has in fact taken some positive steps, including concluding the Iran nuclear deal, and the New START treaty […]