Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Center for International Security and Cooperation Stanford University


January 6, 2011

Pavel Podvig: Offense and defense after new START

in the news: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on January 6, 2010

"New START is the last 'traditional' arms control agreement in that it exclusively deals with the two largest nuclear weapons states and their strategic nuclear weapons," writes CISAC affiliate and former research associate Pavel Podvig in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. "Further steps toward nuclear disarmament will require dealing with a range of different issues, and difficult issues in their own right -- from tactical nuclear weapons and conventional strategic launchers to nuclear warheads in storage and the arsenals in other nuclear weapon states. Success in dealing with these matters will depend on whether the United States and Russia find a way around a problem that will quite likely dominate the debate: missile defense."