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. 7, September

A Tribute to Gerard Smith
Ambassador Gerard C. Smith, former chief U.S. negotiator for the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and chairman of the Arms Control Association from 1981 to 1992, died July 4. He was 80. The following are excerpts from Henry Owen's eulogy delivered...
Conferees Approve $263.8 Billion in Defense Spending for FY
HOUSE-SENATE conferees completed work on the fiscal year (FY) 1995 defense authorization bill August 10, approving $263.8 billion in budget authority--a total virtually identical to the Clinton administration's original request and a reduction of about...
CWC Vote Delayed by U.S. Questions to Russia
DUE CHIEFLY to concerns about Russia's chemical weapons program and the press of other legislative business, the Senate will delay until fall session its ratification vote on the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which bans the development, production,...
In Appreciation of Gerard Smith
On the Fourth of July, arms control lost a luminary and all those involved in the field lost a great friend. Gerard Smith struggled to prevent nuclear catastrophe for more than 44 years, serving five presidents. He did so as ardently in private life-notably...
Kuchma Reverses Field on NPT, Ready to Seek Vote in Parliame
IN AN INTERVIEW August 19 with Ukraina Molda, newly elected Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has apparently reversed earlier positions, telling the newspaper he will ask the parliament (Rada) in October to vote on accession to the nuclear Non-Proliferation...
Mitterrand Outlines Plans for Strategic Modernization to 201
THE FIRST of France's new Triomphant-class ballistic missile submarines began sea trials in July, and is scheduled to be operational in 1996. The trials mark an important milestone in France's nuclear modernization program that is not slated to peak...
Nuclear Smugglers Spark Worries over Russian Safeguards
A SERIES OF recent arrests in Germany that thwarted attempts to smuggle or sell small amounts of fissile materials have sparked international concerns about the dangers of a black market in fissile materials and the inadequacy of nuclear safeguards in...
Russian Defense Budget Continues Downward Spiral, Says CIA,
IN ANNUAL testimony before the Joint Economic Committee, experts from the U.S. intelligence community provided new estimates of Russian defense spending, weapons production and a host of other indices that point chiefly to a continued downward spiral...
Shooting Down the ABM Treaty
Jack Mendelsohn, deputy director of the Arms Control Association (ACA), was a member of the U.S. SALT II START I delegations. John B. Rhinelander, vice chairman of ACA, was the legal adviser to the U.S. SALT I delegation.The Clinton administration is...
Test Ban Negotiators Unable to Agree on Draft Text for CTB
THE THIRD and final part of the 1994 session of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) opened in Geneva on July 25 without the previously expected "rolling text" for a comprehensive test ban (CTB) treaty, increasing concerns that the pact is not going to...
Theater Missile Defense Programs: Status and Prospects
The Clinton administration now calls the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) the ballistic missile defense program. But the names have simply been changed to protect the guilty--the new program exhibits substantial continuity with the old in technology...
The Clinton Plan for Theater Missile Defenses: Costs and Al
Since the Gulf War, the Department of Defense has placed a high priority on developing defenses against theater ballistic missiles (TBMs). Over the past two years the Clinton administration has redirected the focus of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization...
The Theater Missile Defense Threat to U.S. Security
Spurgeon M. Keeny, Jr., president and executive director of the Arms Control Association, was deputy director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Carter.The Clinton administration has embraced a major program to develop a family...
U.S. Again Captures Title of No.1 Arms Exporter
FOR THE FOURTH straight year, the United States leads the world in conventional arms sales to developing countries. According to the recently released Congressional Research Service report, Conventional Arms Transfers to the Third World, 1986-1993, U.S....
U.S. Continues to Press for Looser Limits on ABM Treaty
THE UNITED STATES has presented Russia a new proposal to modify the Anti-ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty to permit the testing and deployment of highly capable anti-theater ballistic missile (ATBM) systems. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) Director...
U.S., North Korea Sign Accord on 'Resolution' of Nuclear Crisis
Following high-level talks in Geneva from August 5-12, U.S. and North Korean officials signed an "agreed statement" outlining the basis for a "final resolution of the nuclear issue" (see text below).In a news conference after the talks, Assistant Secretary...