Carter reaffirms commitment to the NPT and
delays US recycling and reprocessing of plutonium. See Non
Proliferation Treaty document.
Carter announces that the US has tested a neutron bomb, which has less explosive power than the atom and hydrogen bomb, but more immediate radiation.
Carter seeks US-ASAT (Anti-satellite) capability, unless Soviets
take “positive steps” to preclude such a need. See ASAT document.
Carter cancels development of the neutron bomb.
Carter creates guidelines for nuclear “programs of cooperation” with
other states. (There is no reference to the NPT.) See document.
Carter reaffirms ballistic missile commitment to NATO, but the details remain classified. See NATO document.
Carter and Brezhnev (USSR) sign the
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) in Vienna.
Carter and Brezhnev
Wary of Soviet ICBMs, Carter approves the MX program.
Airforce Explanation of MX Program: A Nutshell Game
Carter requests a considerable increase in defense spending and
signs Presidential Directive 59 (Schwartz
16), which calls for US capability to wage a protracted nuclear
In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Carter withdraws SALT II from consideration by the Senate for ratification.
Carter Video Clip, News
Clip with White House Press Secretary Jody Powell, Senator Richard Lugar (D-IN), Senator George Mcgovern (D-SD), Presidential Candidate Howard Baker (R-TN)
Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Carter signs the
on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials at New York.
US passes the Comprehensive Environmental
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), which taxes chemical and petroleum companies
and uses the money to clean up hazardous substances.
Carter names the threat of nuclear weapons as one of the top three issues for the next president.
Carter’s Farewell Speech.