Month: September 2007

Determining the truth about U.S. missile defense

Determining the truth about U.S. missile defense

Among the many reasons for the deterioration in relations between the United States and Russia is the Bush administration’s recent announcement of plans to deploy components of a missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland. While the administration said the system is designed to target future Iranian missiles, the Russians objected that it would also hold their nuclear missiles at risk. They suggested that the United States use a radar in Azerbaijan, which would be unable to track Russian missiles, in lieu of the proposed facility in the Czech Republic.

U.S. loose nukes

U.S. loose nukes

The idea that lax accounting, a violation of security procedures, and/or plain negligence could cause a warhead to disappear from a nuclear superpower’s arsenal without notice was one of the scariest scenarios in the immediate post-Cold War period. More than a decade later, it turns out these concerns weren’t unfounded. Such a scenario more or less occurred at the end of August. The only surprise was where it happened–not in Russia or one of the former Soviet republics as expected, but in the United States.