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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Joint Operating Environment 2035: The Joint Force in a Contested and Disordered World

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Nuclear Arms

Military thinking on how the U.S. can protect itself in a world occupied by other countries with competitive nuclear forces.  Calls for National Strategic Deterrence or leveraging layered missile defenses to complicate adversary nuclear planning.  From the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Iran Nuclear Agreement: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Authorities, Resources, and Challenges

Categories: Arms Control,Energy,Iran,Nongovernmental organizations,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

Examines the Joint Comprehensive Plan agreement with Iran and the role that the IAEA has been asked to play in monitoring and verifying Iran’s commitment, reviews the resources that IAEA has identified as necessary to carry out that role, and identifies potential challenges.  From the Government Accountability Office


Nuclear Nonproliferation: Preliminary Observations on IAEA’s Role in Verifying the Iran Agreement

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Nuclear Arms,Treaties,United Nations

Provides analysis of the resources that the International Atomic Energy Agency has to monitor and verify Iran’s adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The plan, agreed to in the summer of 2015, calls for Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Also covers potential verification challenges. From the Government Accountability Office


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XXVI, Arms Control and Nonproliferation

Categories: Arms Control,Foreign Affairs,History,Nuclear Arms,WMD

Provides documents about the Carter administration’s multilateral, non-strategic arms control policy, including anti-satellite talks, chemical and biological warfare, conventional arms talks, nuclear test ban proposals and more. From the State Department


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume E-14, Part 2, Documents on Arms Control and Nonproliferation, 1973-1976

Categories: Arms Control,Foreign Affairs,History,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

Topics include biological and chemical warfare policies, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Threshold Test Ban Treaty, and approaches to nuclear testing and test-ban proposals. From the State Department


The Soviet “War Scare”

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,History,NATO,Nuclear Arms,Russia

A recently declassified document from the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board dating from 1990 which reveals that the so-called War Scare of 1983 represented a real possibility of war between the U.S. and USSR. Soviet fears of a U.S.-NATO first strike during NATO exercises known as “Able Archer 83” led to increased Russian and Warsaw pact military preparedness. Posted by the National Security Archive.


Renegotiating Arms Control Agreements: A Brief Review

Categories: Arms Control,Congress,Iran,Nuclear Arms

Amid the debate over the proposed nuclear treaty with Iran, this report reviews the four arms control treaties over the past 60 years that were not approved by the Senate. One was voted down (The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty) and the other three were not voted on. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Department of Energy Declassification Decisions: Selected DOE Memoranda of Decisions on Declassification

Categories: Energy,Govt Secrecy,Nuclear Arms

A list of declassification memos spanning the time period 2011-2015 made in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 which mandates review of restricted data which may be declassified without undue risk to national security.  From the Department of Energy, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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