Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
U.S. Spells Out Strategic Platform Levels Under New START
Figures released by the U.S. State Department on Monday elaborated on cumulative totals for fielded and non-deployed nuclear-capable delivery vehicles as of the beginning of March.
Under the New START arms control accord, Washington fielded 1,654 strategic warheads, compared to the 1,480 weapons fielded by Russia. The 2011 bilateral treaty requires both nations to reduce their respective stockpiles of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 by 2018 and to reduce the number of fielded missiles and bombers to 700, with an additional 100 delivery vehicles allowed in reserve.
As of March, the United States had 792 deployed delivery vehicles, in contrast to 492 maintained by Russia. U.S. totals included 449 deployed Minuteman 3 ICBMs; 314 non-deployed Minuteman 3 and Peacekeeper missiles; 232 deployed Trident D-5 submarine-based ballistic missiles; 176 non-deployed D-5 missiles; 111 deployed B-2 and B-52 bomber aircraft; and 24 non-deployed B-2 and B-52 bombers.
President Obama last month invited the Kremlin to new two-way talks on reducing their deployed strategic nuclear arsenals below New START levels to about 1,000 warheads. Russia, though, has signaled it is not ready to participate in more arms cuts if they do not involve other nuclear-weapon nations and so long as a pending dispute over U.S. missile defense plans in Europe remains unresolved.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article mistakenly referred to a State Department update to the March cumulative figures. No such update has been released.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
July 25, 2015
NTI Co-chairman and CEO Sam Nunn's interview about the Iran agreement, with Denis O'Hare and Jim Burress on "Closer Look," WABE radio in Atlanta
June 25, 2015
Iran is currently negotiating a nuclear agreement in Vienna with representatives of the so-called E3/EU+3. A major feature of any agreement will be the limits it places on the number and type of centrifuges that Iran is allowed to use. Visualize the numbers with and without a comprehensive agreement.
This article provides an overview of Russia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.