|Current pace of U.S. strategic warhead downloading could reach New START limit in 2010.|
By Hans M. Kristensen
The United States appears to be moving toward early implementation of the New START treaty signed with Russian less than one month ago.
The rapid implementation is evident in the State Department’s latest fact sheet, which declares that the United States as of December 31, 2009, deployed 1,968 strategic warheads.
The New START force level of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads is not required to be reached until 2017 at the earliest. But at the current downloading rate, the United States could reach the limit before the end of this year. Continue reading