Accession Number:

ADA229653

Title:

On-Site Inspection for Arms Control

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

72.0

Abstract:

On 26 May 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks agreement, SALT I. In the United States, it signaled the beginning of an era of cooperation with the Soviet Union and generated high expectations for arms control. But today the promise of arms control remains largely unfulfilled. There is a variety of reasons for this failure. A major contributing factor is the inability of the United States and the Soviet Union to develop the mutually acceptable verification procedures needed to safeguard more substantial arms control measures. A review of developments to data clearly shows that the verification procedures agreed to by both sides have constrained arms control program progress and have had unintended force development implications. Furthermore, they have led to the neglect of on-site inspection as a tool to help assure treaty compliance. MM

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE