A new video produced for NTI by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies highlights the importance of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for U.S. national security. Since 1972, the U.S. and Russia have been engaged in arms control treaties limiting the size of their nuclear arsenals and providing predictability, verification, and transparency regarding each side’s strategic nuclear forces. Under New START, which entered into force in 2011, the two countries are limited in their deployed strategic nuclear warheads, and deployed and non-deployed strategic nuclear delivery vehicles. In addition, both countries regularly exchange data and carry out on-site inspections to ensure compliance. However, under its current terms, this vital treaty is set to expire in 2021. Its expiration would mean an end to limits, data exchanges, and on-site inspections. But Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have an opportunity to act now to agree on a five-year extension of this treaty, which could help prevent a new arms race and reduce the risk of nuclear miscalculation.
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