Accession Number : ADA112881

Title :   Verification: The Critical Element of Arms Control.


PDF Url : ADA112881

Report Date : Mar 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : 'Verification' is a term which appears in the provisions of a number of recent arms control agreements, and it has figured prominently in public discussions of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) between the United States and the Soviet Union as well as in the talks themselves. Unfortunately, the meaning and purpose of verification are seldom carefully defined, and its place in the larger enterprise of arms control remains subject to widely differing interpretations. This is to some extent a result of the confidential nature of negotiations that involve fundamental questions of national security. But the primary reason is the considerable complexity-a complexity as much political as it is technical in nature-of the verification process itself. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Arms control, *Weapon control, *Political negotiations, USSR, United States, Disarmament, Foreign policy, Balance of power, Political science, East West relations, Treaties, Monitoring, International relations, Agreements, National security, Limitations, Regulations, Inspection, Information Exchange, Sites, Cooperation, Observation

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE