Nunn-Lugar program announces continued success

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) recently announced progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program during March and April of this year.

Lugar said one nuclear submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles was destroyed, along with nine weapons transport train shipments. Eight biological weapons monitoring stations were also built and equipped. In total, 112.52 tons of chemical weapons agents were neutralized during the same period, according to

Lugar pointed to the nuclear weapons-free Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan as the Nunn-Lugar program’s greatest successes. The countries would be the third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear weapons powers in the world had they kept their arsenals.

During a recent annual oversight mission, Lugar visited East Africa to expand efforts to secure biological threats to world peace.

Almost 2,000 metric tons of Russian and Albanian chemical weapons agents have been destroyed with help from the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program since its establishment in 1991.

The signing of the Nunn-Lugar Act, co-authored by U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), created the program, which has provided U.S. support and expertise to help the countries of the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpile of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related weapons material and delivery systems.

In 2003, Congress authorized Senator Lugar’s Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, which allows experts to work on proliferation threats that exist outside the former Soviet Union.