Arms Control Today

Arms Control Today is a magazine published 10 times a year by the Arms Control Association in Washington, DC. Founded in 1972, its subjects are international arms control issues, peace and international affairs. Its audience includes policy makers, educators and the general public.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, May

COCOM Dissolved; New Regime under Negotiation
The 17 member-states of the Coordinating Committee for Multilateral Export Controls (COCOM)--a group created in 1949 to prevent the flow of militarily useful equipment and technology to communist countries--agreed on March 31 to dissolve the organization....
Conference on Disarmament Sees Progress toward CTB Treaty
The UN conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva has adjourned the first part of its 1994 session in a position to begin drafting a complete text for a comprehensive test ban (CTB) treaty when the second part of its 1994 session is scheduled to begin...
Fissile Materials Ban Gains Support but Still Seeks Mandate
The Conference on Disarmament (CD) adjourned the first part of its 1994 session March 31 in Geneva without establishing a mandate to begin negotiations on a cutoff of production of fissile materials for weapons. Canadian Ambassador Gerald Shannon, appointed...
Global Arms Sales Show Decline, but Upswing Could Come Soon
According to the 1991-1992 annual report recently published by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), the global arms trade is undergoing a fundamental shift. And while it is no longer a surprise that the United States has vastly outstripped...
Implications of Defenses against Tactical Ballistic Missiles
The growing number of short-to medium-range ballistic missiles (SMBMs) in the inventories of many smaller states that have had recent or less recent armed conflicts with one another has been a source of concern to many countries. Inevitably this concern...
Look before You LEAP
Almost unnoticed, the Clinton administration is quietly seeking to persuade Russia to pin in a reinterpretation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty that could have extremely adverse consequences for U.S. security. Under the guise of "clarifying"...
New Law Would Force Disclosure of 'Offset' Arms Sales
Senate and House conferees have resolved differences in an amendment to the State Department Authorization Bill that would require notification to Congress of any direct or indirect offset agreement entered into by a U.S. manufacturer related to arms...
Ongoing Monitoring and Verification in Iraq
When Iraq informed the United Nations last November 26 that it would cooperate in implementing the plans to monitor compliance with its obligations not to reacquire weapons banned under the ceasefire agreements following the Gulf War, it signalled an...
Security Council, IAEA Press North Korean Inspections
In a move apparently designed to restart the stalled process of inspecting North Korean nuclear facilities, South Korea has dropped its demand for an exchange of envoys to implement a North-South treaty that would create a nuclear-weapon-free Korean...
Status of Russia's BW Program Causes Widespread Concern
The United States has expressed its concern over reports that Russia's biological weapons (BW) program continues despite promises by President Boris Yeltsin in 1992 to shut down the program.Questions about the status of the Russian BW program came after...
Strategic Nuclear Forces of the United States and the Common
ICBMs: From 1975 until 1991, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) had 450 Minuteman II missiles deployed-150 each at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, Malmstrom AFB, Montana, and Whiteman AFB, Missouri. As of early April 1994, only 150 Minuteman IIs remained in their...
Strategic Nuclear Policy and Non-Proliferation
A year from now, in April of 1995, a conference will be convened to consider the extension of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). This is mandated by the treaty itself, which provides that 25 years after its effective date, March 5, 1970, the...
U.S. Begins to Deliver Nunn-Lugar Equipment to Russia, Belar
New information on the status of the "Nunn-Lugar" assistance program indicates that the United States has quickened the pace of implementation of the 31 "cooperative threat reduction" (CTR) agreements negotiated with Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine....
U.S. Bid to 'Cap' Indian-Pakistani Programs Faces Opposition
In April, the Clinton administration dispatched Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott to India and Pakistan to propose a series of separate agreements that are designed to cap a spiralling nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arms race between neighboring...
U.S. Rejects Moscow's Proposal to Limit ATBM Interceptor Spe
The United States has rejected a Russian proposal at the Standing Consultative Commission (SCC) discussions in Geneva during April on how to define the difference between anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs), which are limited by the ABM Treaty, and anti-tactical...