By Bob Unruh
The United States and Russia both have confirmed they are in compliance with the New START treaty.
The Federation of American Scientists applauded the achievement as a bright spot in anotherwise troubled relationship.
“At a time when relations between the two countries are at a post-Cold War low and defense hawks in both countries are screaming for new nuclear weapons and declaring arms control dead, the achievement couldn’t be more timely or important,” wrote Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at FAS.
“This all points to the importance of the two countries agreeing to extend the New START treaty for an additional five years before it expires in 2021,” he explained. “Neither can afford to abandon the only strategic limitations treaty and its verification regime.
“Failing this most basic responsibility would, especially in the current political climate, remove any caps on strategic nuclear forces and potentially open the door to a new nuclear arms race. The warning signs are all there: East and West are in an official adversarial relationship, increasing military posturing, modernizing and adding nuclear weapons to their arsenals, and adjusting their nuclear policies for a return to Great Power competition.”
The reports from the two powers reveal that Russia and the United States now deploy a combined total of 2,838 warheads on 1,187 deployed strategic launchers. An additional 392 non-deployed launchers are empty, in overhaul, or awaiting destruction.
In 2011, when the treaty was initiated, the total was 3,337 warheads on 1,403 deployed launchers, with another 586 not deployed.
“In other words, since 2011, the two countries have reduced their combined strategic forces by: 500 deployed strategic warheads on 216 deployed strategic launchers and 194 non-deployed strategic launchers. These are modest reductions of about 15 percent over seven years for deployed forces.”
Russia reported 1,444 warheads on 527 launchers.
The U.S. said it Click to see the original article