Nunn-Lugar Program Dismantles Nuke-Capable Sub

(Jul. 12) -U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) poses near a Russian Typhoon-class ballistic-missile submarine in 1999. The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program eliminated a nuclear-capable submarine earlier this year, the senator said on Monday (U.S. Senator Richard Lugar photo).
(Jul. 12) -U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) poses near a Russian Typhoon-class ballistic-missile submarine in 1999. The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program eliminated a nuclear-capable submarine earlier this year, the senator said on Monday (U.S. Senator Richard Lugar photo).

The U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction program dismantled a ballistic-missile submarine during a two-month reporting period this spring, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced on Monday (see GSN, March 23).

The Nunn-Lugar initiative in March and April also safeguarded nine nuclear arms train shipments, constructed and outfitted eight biological agent monitoring stations and neutralized 112.52 metric tons of chemical warfare materials.

Since being established in 1991 to secure and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in former Soviet states, the CTR program has deactivated 7,599 strategic nuclear warheads and destroyed 791 ICBMs, 498 ICBM silos, 180 mobile ICBM launchers, 670 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, 492 SLBM launchers, 33 ballistic missile-capable submarines, 155 strategic bombers, 906 nuclear air-to-surface missiles and 194 nuclear test tunnels.

The effort has also provided safeguards for 524 nuclear-weapon train shipments, boosted security at 24 nuclear weapons storage facilities and constructed 32 biological agent monitoring stations. It supported the removal of all nuclear weapons from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, nations that once respectively held the world's third-, fourth- and eighth-largest nuclear arsenals.

The Nunn-Lugar program supported the elimination of Albania's small stockpile of chemical warfare materials, its first effort outside the former Soviet Union. The initiative has neutralized 1,922.5 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical agents.

Lugar toured several East African disease research facilities late last year as part of a bid to safeguard potential biological-weapon materials on the continent (see GSN, Nov. 15, 2010; U.S. Senator Richard Lugar release, July 11).

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The U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction program dismantled a ballistic-missile submarine during a two-month reporting period this spring, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced on Monday (see GSN, March 23).