The Biggest Security Advantage of New START?

Posted: January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
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What is the biggest security advantage of New START?

I’d offer having New START out of the way should allow the administration to better focus on the security threats posed by Iran and North Korea.

Others might offer the biggest security advantage of New START should be that it creates an opportunity for the administration to focus much more greatly on what they’ve said is the the nation’s most significant security threat, the threat of nuclear terrorism.

And Mark Stokes and Dan Blumenthal at (but not of) the Washington Post have a still different take.  They say the biggest security benefit of New START is a similar form of ‘addition by subtraction’ — that getting New START off the table will allow the administration to focus on the Chinese missile threat.

With the New START treaty ratified, the Obama administration can turn its attention to the real source of nuclear instability among the great powers: China’s buildup of conventional ballistic missiles. The latest destabilizing system is China’s anti-ship ballistic missile, the "carrier killer" that the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Robert Willard, deemed operational last week.

The Chinese have plussed-up their ballistic missile program to the point where the arms control community will perhaps soon take serious notice.


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