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Lugar Receives Award from American Security Project

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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:03 pm

On July 25, 2012, the American Security Project (ASP) presented Senator Lugar with an award celebrating his many accomplishments and leadership on national security issues.

Senator Lugar, along with Senator John Kerry (D-MA), met with the ASP to discuss opportunities to strengthen global nuclear security, including the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

The award was received in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee room in the United States Capitol.

In November 1991, Sen. Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) co-authored the Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. This program has provided U.S. support and expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard and dismantle its enormous stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, related materials, and delivery systems. In 2003, Congress adopted Senator Lugar’s Nunn-Lugar Expansion Act, which authorized operations outside the former Soviet Union to address proliferation threats. In 2004, Nunn-Lugar funds were committed for the first time outside of the former Soviet Union to destroy chemical weapons in Albania.

The Nunn-Lugar program: