Accession Number : ADA303671

Title :   Chemical Weapons Convention Verifiability Assessment.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : EAI CORP ABINGDON MD

Personal Author(s) : Mengel, R. W. ; Meselson, Matthew ; Dee, William C. ; Palarino, R. N. ; Eimers, Fred

PDF Url : ADA303671

Report Date : 18 JAN 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The U.S. is in the process of the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). A significant element of this process is the evaluation of the verifiability of the CWC. In addition to U.S. Government assessment a separate independent evaluation has been conducted by a group of recognized non-governmental CWC experts. This report documents the findings, conclusions and recommendations of these experts. The verifiability assessment evaluated the kinds of violations that might be carried out undetected, the difficulty in accomplishing each violation, and he overall strengths and weaknesses of the CWC with regard to verification. Principle conclusions are: (1) reporting and routine inspection provisions of the CWC are adequate for verification of declarations; (2) restrictions on challenge inspection facility access and sampling and analysis limit verification; (3) difficulty in discriminating between permitted and prohibited activities at commercial facilities complicates verifiability; (4) fundamental to achieving verification aims is a highly qualified and trained corps of CWC inspectors; and, (5) technology to support improved verification will evolve into the future. jg p2

Descriptors :   *VERIFICATION, *CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, FACILITIES, INSPECTION, SAMPLING, ACCESS, ARMS CONTROL, TREATIES.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Government and Political Science
      Pyrotechnics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE