Accession Number : ADA307292

Title :   Air Sampling Sensors, the Open Skies Treaty, and Verifying the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Rowe, Gregory D.

PDF Url : ADA307292

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : This thesis examines a novel proposal to join two separate arms control measures to achieve unique counterproliferation benefits. The Open Skies Treaty (OST) is a confidence-building measure between the states of NATO and the former Warsaw Pact. It allows aircraft equipped with sensors to overfly neighboring countries to monitor security-related activities. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) attempts to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. It is verified through reporting procedures and on-site inspections. OST overflights could be used to verify the CWC, aiding CWC inspectors to plan their inspections. This cross-treaty measure could be enhanced further with the addition of air sampling sensors capable of testing for chemical weapons production, creating inter-treaty synergy. Once these two pacts enter into force and prove their efficacy for arms control, this proposal for inter-treaty coordination will receive more attention. Obstacles for this inter-treaty coordination include the lack of formal mechanisms in either treaty for a complementary role and the lack of political impetus to effect it. This coordination is a logical progression for arms control.

Descriptors :   *AIR, *SAMPLING, *ARMS CONTROL, *CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, NATO, DETECTORS, AIRCRAFT, PRODUCTION, SECURITY, SITES, THESES, INSPECTION, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, WARSAW PACT COUNTRIES, TREATIES, CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS, OVERFLIGHT.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE