The Obama administration is pushing Congress to ratify the 1996 U.N. nuclear test-ban treaty and increase appropriations to monitor America’s aging stockpile without testing. Philip O’Neill, author of “Verification in an Age of Insecurity” who teaches national security law at the BU School of Law, says extra monitoring is good but addresses only part of the nation’s verification dilemma.
“There remain issues pertaining to our ability to monitor evasion through low yield tests; interpretation of what activity is properly constrained; the adequacy of the policing mechanism; the requisite certainty now needed in verification; and what standard to apply through the ratification process itself. Each is fair game in the renewed consideration of the comprehensive test ban.”
Contact Philip O’Neill, 617-951-2253, firstname.lastname@example.org