U.S. Lagging on New START implementation

Deep Cuts Commissioner Greg Thielmann explores why the United States are lagging behind and argues for swift implementation in order to not thwart next steps in nuclear arms control.

The latest semi-annual exchange of data under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) shows continuing U.S. lethargy in implementing the modest reductions agreed to when it joined Russia in signing the treaty three-and-a-half years ago.

One should not over-read any change from one period to the next. Numerical spikes or dips can occur from such things as ballistic missile submarines entering or leaving overhaul or from already retired weapons finally being destroyed under the terms of the treaty and taken off the official rolls. Yet a clear picture of trends emerges after connecting the dots from the six data exchanges that have occurred since New START reporting began in 2011. Read more ...