August 01, 2019

Expiration of Cold War-era nuclear treaty stokes fears of new arms race

Source: Washington Examiner

Journalist: Russ Read

With the expiration of a key nuclear treaty on Friday, the Department of Defense is now free to pursue intermediate-range nuclear weapons, but some are concerned that a new arms race is on the horizon.

The Pentagon is ready to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile, according to a CNN report, which is a direct counter to Russia's development of similar capabilities while the treaty was still in place.

President Trump announced he was removing the U.S. from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this year. The agreement, originally signed by the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1987, effectively banned both sides from deploying missiles between the ranges of 310 and 3,400 miles.

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  • Chris Dougherty

    Former Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Chris Dougherty is a former Senior Fellow for the Defense Program at CNAS. His primary areas of research included defense strategy, operational concepts, and force planning. H...