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. 29, No. 5, July/August

Belgrade to Abide by Sub-Regional Arms Control Agreement
NEARLY ONE MONTH after withdrawing its armed forces from Kosovo, Yugoslavia pledged on July 19 to resume its implementation of the June 1996 Agreement on Sub-Regional Arms Control, which Belgrade suspended one week after the start of NATO's 78-day bombing...
Chinese Strategic Plans Move Forward with Missile Test
CHINA'S STRATEGIC MODERNIZATION plans took an important step forward August 2 with the first successful flight test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), known as the Dong Feng (DF)-31. The 8,000-kilometer-range, three-stage, solid-fuel...
Clinton Signs Controversial NMD Legislation
ON JULY 22, President Bill Clinton signed into law the highly contentious "National Missile Defense [NMD] Act of 1999," sponsored by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). Despite claims by some congressional Republicans that the United States is now obligated...
Compromise Reached on Trident Subs
The conference report to the fiscal year (FY) 2000 defense authorization bill, which was completed August 5, permits the Navy to remove the four oldest Trident ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) from service before START II enters into force, provided...
Facing Nuclear Dangers: An Action Plan for the 21st Century
On July 25, the Tokyo Forum for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament released its report: Facing Nuclear Dangers: An Action Plan for the 21st Century. The result of four meetings-two in 1998 and two this year-the report addresses four areas: new...
India Releases Nuclear Doctrine, Looks to Emulate P-5 Arsenals
LAYING THE FOUNDATION for an arsenal of hundreds of nuclear warheads deployed at high-alert levels on missiles, aircraft and ships, India released its first draft nuclear doctrine on August 17. (See p. 33.) Produced by the 27-member National Security...
India's Draft Nuclear Doctrine
On August 17, Indian national security advisor Brajesh Mishra released a draft report from the National Security Advisory Board on Indian Nuclear Doctrine. The report, which outlines in broad terms India's rationale and intentions regarding the development...
Israel, Syria Seek Arms
WHILE PROSPECTS OF reviving the stalled Middle East peace process appeared to have received a boost with the May 17 election of Ehud Barak as Israel's new prime minister, both Israel and Syria looked to strengthen their militaries in July. Syrian President...
Little Progress Made at START/ABM Talks
THE FIRST ROUND of U.S.-Russian "discussions" on START III and the ABM Treaty ended August 19 without any apparent progress, casting a shadow on the Clinton administration's plans to resolve treaty issues before June 2000, when it will decide whether...
NATO's Nuclear Weapons: The Rationale for 'No First Use'
"As NATO's primary arsenal nation, the United States should be the one to take the lead in urging a revision of NATO's nuclear posture." The 19 nations of NATO have an opportunity to bring their outdated nuclear weapons first-use policy into alignment...
New U.S.-Israeli Strategic Dialogue Announced; Israel Acquires New Submarine
HINTS OF ISRAEL'S normally hidden nuclear deterrent surfaced twice in July, first with the announcement of a new mechanism for U.S.-Israeli strategic dialogue, and then with the arrival in Israel of a new German-built submarine capable of providing a...
North Korea, U.S. to Meet on Missile Issues
AFTER WEEKS OF North Korean preparations for the first flight test of the new Taepo Dong-2 long-range ballistic missile and repeated warnings of severe consequences by the United States, Japan and South Korea, the State Department announced a new round...
Pakistan's Road to a Minimum Nuclear Deterrent
Pakistan's nuclear weapons program has a symbiotic relationship with Indian nuclear weapons policy. Pakistan has always claimed that it developed its nuclear weapon capability in response to security threats from India. More specifically, Islamabad traces...
Russia Not in Compliance with CFE Flank Limits
RUSSIAN DATA SUBMITTED on July 1 under the 1992 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty revealed that Moscow's holdings of tanks, armored combat vehicles (ACVs) and heavy artillery are in excess of the CFE "flank" limits that entered into force...
Senator Helms' Floccinaucinihilipilification
Senator Helms' Floccinaucinihilipilification As self-appointed arbiter of U.S. foreign policy, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) recently disdainfully dismissed an appeal by all 45 Democratic senators that he allow the Senate to...
U.S. Arms Sales to Taiwan Further Upset China
WITH TENSIONS ACROSS the Taiwan Straits already heightened by the president of Taiwan's provocative statements, the United States announced $550 million in new arms sales to Taipei at the end of July. China, long-opposed to U.S. arms sales to the island,...
U.S. Relaxes Export Controls on Supercomputers
RESPONDING TO ADVANCES in computer technology, President Clinton revised export control thresholds for high-performance computers (HPCs) on July 1, claiming that without the changes both the U.S. computer industry and national security would suffer....
U.S., Ukraine Extend CTR Program
THE UNITED STATES and Ukraine agreed in late July to extend their participation in the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program for another six years. This development came as Moscow and Kiev appeared to have finally reached a compromise on the disposition...
Washington Again Ranks as World's Top Arms Supplier
IN AN ARMS MARKET characterized by growing supplier competition for fewer major weapon sales, the United States again topped all countries in both world arms sales agreements and deliveries for 1998. Washington, according to an annual Congressional Research...
White House, Key Senators Intensify Push for CTBT
IN LATE JULY, the White House and a bipartisan group of nine influential senators stepped up their efforts to secure U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) before early October, when a special conference on ways to facilitate the...