Administration Gearing Up for CTBT Push
Kimball, Daryl G., Arms Control Today
The Obama administration is preparing to kick off a public education campaign to generate support in the Senate for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher said May 10.
Speaking at the Arms Control Association's annual meeting in Washington, Tauscher said the focus of the campaign, which will be aimed at the public as well as senators, "is to get the facts out."
The United States has no need to conduct nuclear tests, in part because the Department of Energy's Stockpile Stewardship Program "go[esJ a step beyond explosive testing by enabling the [U.S. national laboratories] to anticipate problems in advance and reduce their potential impact on our arsenal, something that nuclear testing could not do," she said. The CTBT's entry into force "will obligate other states not to test and provide a disincentive for states to conduct such tests," she said. Also, she argued, the United States has increased its ability "to catch those who cheat. …