Emerging Technology Systems and Arms Control,
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The Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty START and the Conventional Forces in Europe CFE agreements call for unprecedented cuts in strategic nuclear and conventional forces. But in contrast to earlier attempts to restrict technology development in previous arms control agreements, these two treaties will have no significant limitations on emerging technology weapons systems. This report examines whether the decision to set aside emerging technology restrictions may undermine the benefits of START and CFE over the lifetimes of these treaties. The United States and the Soviet Union may continue further arms control negotiations after current treaties have been completed. In particular, the two countries committed themselves at the June 1990 Summit to negotiations on a follow-on to START. This report examines how emerging technology systems might influence the approach the United States and the Soviet Union pursue in negotiations toward START II or CFE II treaties.
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Weapons