July 31, 2002
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The main technical concerns raised about the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty when the Senate refused to ratify it in 1999 are all manageable, says a new report from the National Academies' National Academy of Sciences. It concludes that verification capabilities for the treaty are better than generally supposed, U.S. adversaries could not significantly advance their nuclear weapons capabilities through tests below the threshold of detection, and the United States has the technical capabilities to maintain confidence in the safety and reliability of its existing weapons stockpile without periodic nuclear tests.
John P. Holdren,
Professor and Director, Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Chair, Committee on Technical Issues Related to Ratification of the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.