Opposition to B61 Threatens Nuclear Reductions, Deterrence

B61On Saturday in , AHS speaker Thomas Karako discussed how "the road to a sustainable deterrent is now threatened by misguided cuts to the life extension program (LEP) to the B61 nuclear bomb:"

"Opponents of modernization impede President’ Obama’s goal of a smaller stockpile with fewer types of nuclear weapons... A smaller force of refurbished bombs will decrease risk, increase safety, enhance deterrence, and enable substantial reductions of both weapons and quantity of nuclear material."


Duke Chapter Hosts Event on Cyber Warfare

Duke-University.jpgToday, our Duke Chapter’s first debate of the year – “The Future of Cyber Warfare” – was featured in The Duke Chronicle.

“Half of what we’re doing in places like Afghanistan is helping to rebuild what we’ve already destroyed with other types of warfare,” said Martin Libicki, senior management scientist at the RAND corporation.


U.S. Should Hold Firm in Iranian Nuke Talks

Singh_head.jpgOn Monday, AHS speaker Michael Singh discussed the upcoming nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran:

“To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, neither Obama nor Rouhani may get what they want from nuclear talks — for Obama a historic diplomatic breakthrough, and for Rouhani the preservation of Iran’s nuclear options and capabilities — but with some effort each may get what he needs."


Debate on Domestic Surveillance Draws 350

2013-CDAY-2013-CDAY-0021-2-150x150.jpgIn honor of Constitution Day last month, our Christopher Newport University Chapter co-sponsored a debate that drew over 350 students on ”The Limits of Executive Power: Is the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Constitutional?”

Speakers David Cole, Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Eric Posner, Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago, debated the role of the National Security Agency on Thursday, September 26:

“There is something fundamentally wrong when in a democracy, a government representing us, collects data about us without our knowledge,” said David Cole, who is “against secret laws advanced by secret agencies approved by secret courts in secret that are only revealed when someone…leaks it.”