Accession Number : ADA609574
Title : The New START Treaty: Central Limits and Key Provisions
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Woolf, Amy F
Report Date : 27 Aug 2014
Pagination or Media Count : 41
Abstract : The United States and Russia signed the New START Treaty on April 8, 2010. After more than 20 hearings, the U.S. Senate gave its advice and consent to ratification on December 22, 2010, by a vote of 71-26. Both houses of the Russian parliament the Duma and Federation Council approved the treaty in late January 2011, and it entered into force on February 5, 2011, after Secretary of State Clinton and Foreign Minister Lavrov exchanged the instruments of ratification. New START provides the parties with 7 years to reduce their forces, and will remain in force for a total of 10 years. It limits each side to no more than 800 deployed and nondeployed land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers and deployed and nondeployed heavy bombers equipped to carry nuclear armaments. Within that total, each side can retain no more than 700 deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs, and deployed heavy bombers equipped to carry nuclear armaments. The treaty also limits each side to no more than 1,550 deployed warheads; those are the actual number of warheads on deployed ICBMs and SLBMs, and one warhead for each deployed heavy bomber. New START contains detailed definitions and counting rules that will help the parties calculate the number of warheads that count under the treaty limits. Moreover, the delivery vehicles and their warheads will count under the treaty limits until they are converted or eliminated according to the provisions described in the treaty s Protocol. These provisions are far less demanding than those in the original START Treaty and will provide the United States and Russia with far more flexibility in determining how to reduce their forces to meet the treaty limits. The monitoring and verification regime in the New START Treaty is less costly and complex than the regime in START.
Descriptors : *ARMS CONTROL , *INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES , *NUCLEAR WARHEADS , *RUSSIA , *TREATIES , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , AIR LAUNCHED , BOMBER AIRCRAFT , GUIDED MISSILE LAUNCHERS , INTERCEPTORS , LIMITATIONS , MOBILE , MONITORING , NUCLEAR FORCES(MILITARY) , SUBMARINE LAUNCHED , SURFACE LAUNCHED
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles
Surface-launched Guided Missiles
Underwater-launched Guided Missiles
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE