Noninterference with National Technical Means: The Status Quo Will Not Survive

With the imminent expiration of New START, formal prohibitions on interference with national technical means of verification will also expire, along with limits on U.S. and Russian nuclear arms. What are national technical means of verification and why are they important?

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The strategic context for U.S. national security space activities is about to change with the expiration of New START. This change will stress the national security space community’s capabilities, assumptions, and habits, and is likely to raise new risks for the stability of the space domain. U.S. national security space leaders should proactively consider the challenges and opportunities this looming change in the strategic environment presents, and act now to develop a comprehensive post-New START strategy.

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