President Obama’s Radical Agenda

Nuclear warhead / AP

President Obama is not satisfied with the progress of U.S. nuclear disarmament, the New York Times reports: Mr. Obama, administration officials say, is unlikely to discuss specific numbers in the address, but White House officials are looking at a cut that would take the arsenal of deployed weapons to just above 1,000. Currently there are …

The Nuclear Option

Senators seek Hagel promise on congressional role in arms cuts, clarification on his Global Zero nuclear position
AP

Four Republican senators wrote to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel asking the former senator to explain his shifting positions on nuclear arms cuts and strategic modernization.

Chuck in the Muck

Hagel faulted for calling US “world bully” in Al Jazeera interview
Chuck Hagel / AP

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.”

Hagel’s 7 Worst Moments in Round One

AP

Left and right agree: The first round of defense secretary Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing did not go well Thursday. He stumbled over policies, faced sharp criticism over his involvement in the Global Zero Policy Commission, reversed previous positions, and was even forced to walk back statements made during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Nuke Plan Hurting Hagel

Senators with home-state strategic bases voice concerns on Hagel’s Global Zero anti-nuclear views
AP

A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts.

No to Nuke Zero

Nuclear commander rejects deep cuts suggested by anti-nuclear group
Gen. C. Robert Kehler

OMAHA – The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday rejected a call by a former Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman to cut U.S. nuclear warheads to as few as 300 deployed weapons.