Verification Technologies: Managing Research and Development for Cooperative Arms Control Monitoring Measures [open pdf - 741KB]
Cooperative monitoring measures, including on-site inspections, are now a regular feature of international arms control agreements. The Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, the prospective Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Treaty, and the proposed Chemical Weapons Convention all contain such measures. This new element of arms control verification is likely to be a part of any future arms control arrangements in which the United States becomes involved. How well prepared are we for this new era? This report examines the management of the research and development process from which the new technologies are emerging and identifies a range of organizational options that might help improve the balance of research emphasis.
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota