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WP #98-B1

The Future of Russian-US Arms Reductions: START III and Beyond


A meeting supported by funding to the MIT Security Studies Program from the W. Alton Jones, MacArthur, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations.

Co-sponsored by the MIT Security Studies Program and
the Center for Arms Control, Energy, and Environmental Studies at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
February 2 - 6, 1998

This report summarizes a joint U.S.-Russia meeting on the future of U.S. Russian nuclear arms reductions held in Cambridge, Mass. from February 2-6, 1998. This report is not a transcript of the meeting, but a summary based on notes taken by rapporteurs at the meeting.


Conference Summary: September, 1998



Session 1 Projected Forces With and Without Start II David Mosher, Paul Podvig 1
Session 2 Projected Forces With and Without Start II Paul Podvig 4
Session 3 Objectives of Future Reductions Ted Postol 7
Session 4 Objectives of Future Reductions Eugene Miasnikov 10
Session 5 Objectives of Future Reductions Petr Romashkin 13
Session 6 Objectives of Future Reductions Harold Feiveson 18
Sessions 7, 8 Dismantlement and Irreversibility Jim Goodby, Roland Lajoie, Anatoli Diakov 22
Session 9 Tactical Nuclear Weapons Timur Kadyshev 35
Session 10 Tactical Nuclear Weapons Steve Fetter 37
Session 11 Modifying Operational Practices Bruce Blair, Frank von Hippel 40
Session 12 Modifying Operational Practices Valeri Yarynych 43
Sessions 13, 14 Implications of Defenses for Reductions Lisbeth Gronlund, Paul Podvig 45
Session 15 A Russian Naval Perspective Aleksey Ovcharenko 48
Session 16 Next Steps 50
Session 17 Next Steps (continued) 52
Participants 55