Time to Face Facts

BY JOHN KERRY | APRIL 8, 2013

Three years ago today — April 8, 2010 — President Obama and then-President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New START agreement to reduce American and Russian deployed strategic nuclear forces to their lowest levels since the days when Dwight Eisenhower was president and the Cold War defined our relationship with the Russians.

That December in the Senate, we clawed our way to ratification with 71 votes, a big bipartisan statement that the arms control and nonproliferation consensus could hold together even in a polarized political culture. That statement was reaffirmed by treaty supporters from Henry Kissinger and James Baker — and every other living secretary of state — to President George Herbert Walker Bush. MORE

New START Treaty Implementation: Off and Running
Joint portrait of the U.S. and Russian START follow-on delegations standing on the steps of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Geneva, April 6, 2010. Standing at the center are heads of delegation Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation, and Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Director of the Department of Security and Disarmament Affairs, Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, to the U.S. Mission for the closing plenary of the new START negotiations. [U.S. Mission Geneva Photo by Eric Bridiers/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jerry Taylor serves as the Director of the Office of Strategic Affairs in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

Over the course of the last two years, the United States and the Russian Federation negotiated, signed, and ratified the New START Treaty. The Treaty entered into force on February 5, 2011, and the implementation of that Treaty is now well underway.

The pace of activity has been impressive. We have already exchanged 1,000 notifications on our strategic nuclear facilities and forces. This information forms the foundation of the Treaty’s database, which is continuously updated by both countries through the notification process and will be exchanged every six months throughout the life of the Treaty. You can find the New START Treaty aggregate numbers of strategic offensive arms here, as of February 5, 2011, as drawn from the initial exchange of data by the Parties.

In March, the United… more »