counter-proliferation

JHI on the Issues 2016: Did New START Decrease Nuclear Weapons?

JHI on the Issues 2016:  Did New START Decrease Nuclear Weapons?

The facts largely support Trump’s version of nuclear negotiations with Russia.  The Congressional Research Service has reported that Russia has increased its deployed nuclear weapons from 1,537 warheads to 1,735 warheads.  By contrast, the U.S. has reduced its nuclear capability across the board so that Russia now has 110 more weapons.  Russia has further exploited loopholes in the treaty to increase its weapon numbers. This puts the U.S. at a security disadvantage vis-à-vis Russia—one that the State Department has failed to note in its annual reports of the treaty.