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Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin

Conventional wisdom says Turkey won’t go nuclear. That might be wrong.

Though many experts think Turkey won’t pursue nuclear weapons under Erdogan, there are three reasons to be worried.
Erdogan and Trump shake hands

Getting the nukes out of Turkey: A how-to guide

Almost all of the details about previous withdrawals have remained a secret, but if the United States wanted to evacuate the nuclear weapons from Turkey, here’s how it might do it.

The status of U.S. nuclear weapons in Turkey

For more than 40 years, Turkey has been a quiet custodian of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons. During the Cold War, Washington positioned intermediate-range nuclear missiles and bombers there to serve as a bulwark against the Soviet Union (i.e., to defend the region against Soviet attack and to influence Soviet strategic calculations). In the event of a Soviet assault on Europe, the weapons were to be fired as one of the first retaliatory shots. But as the Cold War waned, so, too, did the weapons' strategic value.

Nuclear Notebook: United States nuclear weapons, 2021

The US nuclear arsenal remained roughly unchanged in the last year, with the Defense Department maintaining an estimated stockpile of approximately 3,800 warheads. Of these, only 1,800 warheads are deployed, while approximately 2,000 are held in reserve. Additionally, approximately 1,750 retired warheads are awaiting dismantlement, giving a total inventory of approximately 5,550 nuclear warheads.
Minuteman III missile in silo

Nuclear Notebook: United States nuclear forces, 2020

The US nuclear arsenal remained roughly unchanged in the last year, with the Defense Department maintaining an estimated stockpile of approximately 3,800 warheads.

European nuclear deterrence in the era of Putin and Trump

A “Eurodeterrent” that would rely largely on French nuclear weapons and German funding might be the best way for Europe to take charge of its own security and defense in the face of Russian threats and American waffling.

Nuclear Roundup: 4/17/2017

A compilation of quality nuclear policy news published on the Web, around the world. United States Here’s how Trump launches a nuclear weapon NNSA, Air Force complete first B61-12 Life Extension Program qualification flight test at Tonopah Test Range How do you lead a government agency you once said should be abolished? Dawn of the … Continued

The way back to the US-Russia negotiating table

President Obama can take five steps that would be good for the United States and put pressure on the Russians to resume negotiations on nuclear weapons 

Why NATO should eliminate its tactical nukes, despite Russian belligerence

US tactical nuclear bombs don't deter Putin and detract from more useful defense initiatives

Cold comfort

As the plausible military rationales for nuclear weapons continue to deteriorate in the aftermath of the Cold War, political and psychological rationales for nuclear weapons -- like providing reassurance to US allies -- are increasingly viewed to be just as important as deterrence.

A nuke by any other name

Both NATO and Russia would like to see the other reduce its stockpile of tactical nuclear weapons, but the two sides have been unable to agree on mutual reductions. Even modest progress on the issue at NATO's Chicago summit seems unlikely. This is partially because it is unclear what a "tactical" nuclear weapon is.

Parting words: Gates and tactical nuclear weapons in Europe

In a recent speech in Brussels, departing Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized European members of NATO for allowing defense obligations to fall increasingly upon the United States, continuing a funding imbalance that could lead Americans to question whether the costs of NATO are justified.

US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, 2011

Nuclear Notebook: How many nuclear weapons does the US have in Europe? The new Strategic Concept, adopted by NATO at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010, reaffirmed the continued importance of nuclear weapons to the security of the alliance. The document, which is intended to establish consensus on NATO missions and methods in light of … Continued