"New START Needs a New Start,"
Proceedings of the INMM 52nd Annual Meeting
, Palm Desert, CA, July 17-21, 2011.
The recent passage of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
has brought hope to many seeking a decrease in nuclear weapons. A
drawdown of arms and a reduction in vehicles between Russia and the
United States is another step in the path to global zero. While
this treaty may be seen as necessary, it comes with a number of
flaws. New START, like many other agreements attempting to tackle
such delicate issued, finds success in its support but failure in
its effectiveness. In addition to only modest reductions, the START
strategy is unclear and lacks potency. The START concept might have
been a good concept so soon after the Cold War, but does it
translate into today's post-9/11 world? In this paper, New START,
its strengths, and its weaknesses, are assessed and a summary of
its shortcomings are examined. A technical, political, and
practical approach are used to identify how this treaty can be
improved and what appropriate next steps should be considered.