Lugar-Nunn program constructs biological monitoring station in Kazakhstan

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar has announced on the floor of the Senate the success of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperation Threat Reduction program, which has, among other accomplishments, built and equipped a biological monitoring station in Kazakhstan.

“The Nunn-Lugar program has demonstrated that the threat of weapons of mass destruction can lead to extraordinary outcomes based on mutual interest," Lugar said. "No one would have predicted in the 1980s that Americans and Russians would be working together to destroy weapons in the former Soviet Union. Taking the long view, a satisfactory level of accountability, transparency, and safety must be established in every nation with a WMD program. The Nunn-Lugar program is an engine of non-proliferation cooperation and expertise that can be applied around the world.”

In addition to the biological monitoring station, over the course of October and November, the Nunn-Lugar program also destroyed one intercontinental ballistic missile and secured five nuclear weapons transport train shipments.

The Nunn-Lugar Act was authored by Lugar and Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia in November 1991 and established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides the U.S. with funding and expertise in aiding the former Soviet Union in safeguarding and dismantling its stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials and delivery systems.

The 2003 Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, adopted by Congress in 2003, authorized the program to operate outside of the former Soviet Union to address proliferation threats, leading to the complete destruction of Albania's chemical weapons in 2007. The act has also led to the construction of 19 biological monitoring stations.