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Arms Control Verification

Photo Caption: Terrorism vulnerability assessment team in Iraq. (DTRA photo)

QuoteI don't have to tell you that in today's world the existence of nuclear weapons could mean, if not the extinction of mankind, then surely the end of civilization as we know it. That's why negotiations on intermediate-range nuclear forces now underway in Europe and the START talks -- Strategic Arms Reduction Talks -- which will begin later this month, are not just critical to American or Western policy; they are critical to mankind.Quote [ President Ronald Reagan, June 8, 1982 ]

For nearly two centuries, the United States has played an important role when it comes to limiting and controlling the weapons of war. The Rush-Bagot Pact of 1817, an agreement between the United States and Great Britain after the War of 1812, almost completely eliminated warships from the Great Lakes, marked an important turning point in the relationship between two former enemies – and provided a blueprint on how to limit conflict by limiting the weapons of war.

Since that time, the United States has played a leading role in international agreements that restrict the development, production, stockpiling, distribution and usage of weapons, especially weapons of mass destruction. Through partnerships and diplomacy, our nation continues to form international treaties and agreements to enforce these arms control regulations.

DTRA/SCC-WMD serves an important role in controlling the world's arms supply - Verification. The information gathered by DTRA/SCC-WMD's arms control inspectors allows the U.S. Government to establish whether or not a nation is in compliance of treaties in place, ensuring the integrity of our diplomatic agreements and preserving the safety of the United States and our allies around the world.