The ACNSL supports robust arms control agreements that promote both the security of global nuclear arsenals and increased strategic stability. We recognize the value arms control treaties provide through increased transparency, clearly defined limits, intelligence sharing and governance oversight.
With the U.S. withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, New START is the last U.S.- Russia treaty that addresses arms control and establishes nuclear weapons limits. New START will either lapse or must be renewed within two weeks of the 2021 Presidential inauguration. While there are certainly challenges to the treaty given the exclusion of China and newly developed Russian nuclear weapons systems, failure to extend New START will be potentially disastrous given it is likely to result in a nuclear arms race and eliminate invaluable access into Russian nuclear systems and technology. The United States must extend New START as a means of promoting global nuclear security and retaining our leading role in the reduction and monitoring of existing nuclear stockpiles.
ACNSL Publications – Arms Control
1. Letter: ACNSL Letter to the President: INF Treaty
ACNSL Op-Eds – Arms Control
1. 6th August 2019, Rear Admiral Len Hering via The American Conservative