On Disarmament: The Role of Conventional Arms Control in National Security Strategy

By William F. Burns; Ralph A. Hallenbeck et al. | Go to book overview

describe the architecture of the two sets of multilateral talks ongoing in Vienna: the Negotiations on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) and the Negotiations on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBM). The CFE talks involve the reductions of armaments--tanks, artillery, armored troop carriers, helicopters, and fixed-wing combat airplanes--as well as troop reductions. The objectives of these talks include reductions to a "parity" (nearly equal) level, the elimination of surprise attack capabilities, and the limitation of movement of large military formations to achieve "stability" on the European continent. The objectives of the CSBM talks seek limitations on the activities of military forces through the development of Confidence- and Security-Building Measures, which are designed to make military activities more visible to other nations.

In Chapter 2 the authors provide an academic discussion on how and why we developed the general objectives for the negotiations. Underscoring the basic tenets or propositions in conventional arms control, the authors describe how our current proposals were derived from a strategic framework of do's and don'ts as well as provide a template for the current defensive posture in Europe and how that posture will change as forces are removed from the theater of operations.

Next, political procedures within the U.S. Interagency Group and NATO's High Level Task Force are discussed to paint a picture of how specific objectives are transformed from conception through the complex U.S. and NATO political consensus-building apparatus to formal presentation in Vienna. Chapter 3 supplies the political insight necessary to comprehend current negotiations.

In Chapter 4 conventional arms control issues are presented as mini-historical vignettes to help the reader appreciate the complexity of sophisticated negotiations and the difficulties to overcome in talking across, rather than directly about, various national political positions. Although many issues have been resolved, some have not, nor will they be. Flexibility in our pursuit of a treaty has enabled us to attain a consensus NATO position.

A chapter on definitional disarmament follows, to ensure that readers understand the differences among the various terms described in conventional arms control. Arms limitations, reductions, negotiated and nonnegotiated partial disarmament, and structural disarmament all are explained in terms of their effect on U.S. national security policymaking. The authors note the significant impact of unilateral reductions in their discussion of nonnegotiated disarmament, and they further discuss the exterior (to the arms control process) issues most important to the negotiations--the U.S. budget, allied burdensharing, threat diminishment, and international trading deficits.

At this point in the book the reader should understand conventional arms control history; how objectives for the talks were derived; the political procedures involved; the significant issues that have been addressed; and appropriate definitional and external strategic issues that affect what should be included and excluded from the negotiations.

Next, the authors address in three successive chapters (6, 7, and 8) current proposals and progress in the CFE and CSBM talks, to include the difficulties in

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures, Maps, and Tables ix
  • Foreword xi
  • 1- Background 1
  • Notes 15
  • 2- Objectives 19
  • Notes 37
  • 3- Procedures 39
  • From Issues to Policies: the Nato High Level Task Force 47
  • From Issues to Policies: the Nato High Level Task Force 50
  • 4- Issues 53
  • Notes 69
  • 5- Definitional Disarmament 71
  • Notes 76
  • 6- Current Cfe Negotiations 79
  • Notes 106
  • 7- Verification 109
  • 8- Current Csbm Negotiations 121
  • Notes 128
  • 9- Future Environment 129
  • Conclusion 138
  • Conclusion 139
  • 10- Alternative Defenses 143
  • Assessing Proposals for Deep Reductions And Defensive Restructuring Following Cfe 154
  • Assessing Proposals for Deep Reductions And Defensive Restructuring Following Cfe 164
  • 11- Risks, Results, and Reflections 167
  • Notes 182
  • Appendix A: Mandate for Negotiation On Conventional Armed Forces in Europe 183
  • Appendix B: Nato Chapter One 189
  • Appendix C: Nato Chapter Two 193
  • Appendix D: Nato Chapter Three 197
  • Appendix E: Western Csbm Proposal 205
  • Glossary 213
  • Bibliography 217
  • Index 223
  • About the Editors and Contributors 227
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