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Weapons of Mass Destruction Eliminated through Nunn-Lugar

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For twenty years, the Nunn-Lugar Global Cooperative Threat Reduction Program has worked to prevent hostile governments and terrorists from obtaining dangerous weapons of mass destruction. On February 1, 2012, Lugar was awarded the 2012 Minute Man of the Year award for his contributions to national security and U.S. military personnel.

Today, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced continued progress in Nunn-Lugar Global during December 2011, January 2012, and February 2012.

* 9 nuclear warheads deactivated;
* 1 inter-continental ballistic missile destroyed;
* 3 submarine-launched ballistic missiles eliminated;
* 6 nuclear weapons train transport shipments secured; and
* 201.67 metric tons of chemical weapons nerve agent destroyed.

Lugar also commended recently declassified Nunn-Lugar work to secure dangerous nuclear materials in Kazakhstan.

On Veteran's Day 2011, Lugar delivered a speech at Indiana University in which he called for increased efforts to stop threats of weapons of mass destruction before they reach our shores. He heralded the future of Nunn-Lugar Global "to protect Americans at home and our service personnel overseas."

"Achieving this mission requires constant vigilance. I will continue my efforts to bolster Nunn-Lugar activities that eliminate threats to U.S. security before they reach our shores," Lugar said.

The Nunn-Lugar scorecard now totals 7,619 strategic nuclear warheads deactivated, 793 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed, 498 ICBM silos eliminated, 191 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed, 155 bombers eliminated, 906 nuclear air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) destroyed, 492 SLBM launchers eliminated, 680 submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) eliminated, 33 nuclear submarines capable of launching ballistic missiles destroyed, 194 nuclear test tunnels eliminated, 194 nuclear test tunnels/holes sealed, destroyed 2786.93 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical weapons agent, 562 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured, upgraded security at 24 nuclear weapons storage sites, built and equipped 38 biological threat monitoring stations.

Perhaps most importantly, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus are nuclear weapons free as a result of cooperative efforts under the Nunn-Lugar program. Those countries were the third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear weapons powers in the world.

Lugar makes regular oversight missions to Nunn-Lugar Global sites around the world. During his most recent mission, Lugar led a mission to East Africa to expand efforts to secure deadly biological threats.

In November 1991, Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) authored the Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. This program has provided U.S. support and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and delivery systems. In 2003, Congress adopted Senator Lugar's Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, which authorized operators outside the former Soviet Union to address proliferation threats. In 2004, Nunn-Lugar funds were committed for the first time outside of the former Soviet Union to destroy chemical weapons in Albania, under a Lugar-led expansion of the program.

The Nunn-Lugar program: http://lugar.senate.gov/nunnlugar/

The Nunn-Lugar scorecard: http://lugar.senate.gov/nunnlugar/scorecard.html


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