Seven Worries about START III

The new administration needs to consider the future of strategic arms and the role arms control may play in managing the nuclear balance. Strategic arms control, embodied in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaties (START), originated during the Cold War to help manage relations with a well-armed adversary and seems to have developed a life of its own. START I led to START II, which in turn may lead to START III. The question that needs addressing is whether it is in American interests to seek a level of nuclear strength that is at or below the requirements of START III.

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