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Congress established the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program (CTR) in 1991
so that the United States could assist the former Soviet republics with the safe and secure
transportation, storage, and elimination of nuclear weapons. The CTR program seeks to
reduce the threat these weapons pose to the United States and to reduce the proliferation risks
from nuclear weapons and materials in the former Soviet Union. Congress has authorized and
appropriated around $300-$400 million each year for CTR. Most in Congress support the
core objectives of the CTR program, but some have questioned whether all of the proposed
and ongoing projects contribute to U.S. national security. Some have also questioned Russia's
commitment, both political and financial to the some of the projects. This report reviews
many of the concerns that have been raised in Congress during debates over CTR. It also
provides a summary of the funding for different CTR projects. It will be updated at least once
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Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Programs: Issues for Congress, report, March 6, 2002; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc806651/m1/2/: accessed December 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.