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List of Upcoming Senate Foreign Relation Meetings

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2010
CONTACT: Jennifer Berlin (Kerry), 202-228-3652
Andy Fisher (Lugar), 202-224-2079

Kerry, Lugar Announce Second Series Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings On The New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule for the second round of hearings on the New START Treaty. The Committee
has held five hearings thus far with current and former administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinger, and former Secretaries of Defense James Schlesinger and William Perry.

Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar are pursuing an aggressive schedule of hearings and are planning a full Committee vote on the treaty before the August congressional recess.

"President Obama has made nuclear arms control and nonproliferation the cornerstone of his new National Security Strategy, which states: 'The American people face no greater or more urgent danger than a terrorist attack with a nuclear weapon'.  Ratifying the New START Treaty is essential to addressing this threat, making America safer, and
bolstering the global coalition against nuclear proliferation," said Kerry. "With every passing day we lose crucial visibility into Russia's nuclear arsenal and credibility as a world leader on this vital issue.

It is imperative that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee act  expeditiously to move the New START Treaty to the Senate floor. Over the next two months, Senator Lugar and I will conduct a second series of hearings that will give this treaty the thorough vetting it deserves. We plan to hold a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the New
START Treaty prior to the August recess and are confident that our colleagues from both sides of the aisle will join us in supporting the treaty to strengthen our national security".

Lugar stated, "This timeline for Committee consideration is imperative so that we can restart inspections, invigorate our relationship with Russia and continue our leadership in global nonproliferation.  The Committee must work swiftly to deal with legitimate and important concerns expressed by Senators.  To this end, I have submitted more than
100 questions for the record to the Administration on the treaty and its national security implications, and called for a full range of views to be considered in our hearings".

During the first series of hearings, Clinton, Gates, and Mullen testified about the urgent need to ratify the New START Treaty. Baker, Kissinger, Schlesinger, and Perry reaffirmed the importance of ratifying this treaty.

On Tuesday, the Committee held a closed hearing with Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance; and Ted Warner, the Secretary of Defense's Representative to Post-START Negotiations, in order to allow members to discuss classified content pertaining to New START.

Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar plan to conduct at least eight more hearings featuring witnesses who were integral to negotiating the treaty as well as officials who will address specific concerns such as missile defense, modernization, and verification.

The New START Treaty: Strategic Arms Control and National Security
WHO: Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF, Ret., former National Security Advisor to Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush; and Stephen J. Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush
WHEN: Today, June 10, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

The New START Treaty: Negotiators
WHO: Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance and Head of the U.S. Delegation to negotiate the New START Treaty; and Dr. Edward (Ted) L. Warner III, the Secretary of Defense's Representative to Post-START Negotiations
WHEN: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

The New START Treaty: Views from the Pentagon
WHO: General Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, Commander, United States Strategic Command; Dr. James N. Miller, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Lieutenant General Patrick J. O'Reilly, USA, Director, Missile Defense Agency
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

The New START Treaty: Implementation-Inspections and Assistance
WHO: Kenneth A. Myers, III, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (Note: Additional witnesses will be announced the week of the hearing.)
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

The New START Treaty: Benefits and Risks
WHO: Eric S. Edelman, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Robert G. Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

In addition to the five confirmed hearings listed above, the Committee will also hold the following hearings prior to completion of the review process:

The New START Treaty: Modernization
WHO: Directors of Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories
WHEN: TBD
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

START I and the New START Treaty: Views of START I Negotiators
WHO: Ambassador Ronald F. Lehman II, Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and former Administrator, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; and Ambassador Linton F. Brooks, Chief Negotiator for the START I Treaty and former Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration
WHEN: TBD
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419

CLOSED hearing-The New START Treaty: Monitoring and Verification of Treaty Compliance
WHO: A Senior Intelligence community official; and Rose Gottemoeller,
Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance
WHEN: TBD
WHERE: Office of Senate Security, Senate Visitors Center Room 217 (Note: This hearing will be closed to the public.)

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