Lagging arms control

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Politics
Policy issue: Defense
Description: Lack of a coherent, consistent strategy to stop/slow down the arms race contributes to global instability, and continues the threat of both conventional and nuclear war.
Symptoms: Notwithstanding the breakup of the Soviet Union the arms race is continuing; the proliferation of both conventional and nuclear weapons continues; government instability, war and terrorism persist in Third World countries.
Causes: Administration policy failures; lack of a U.S. "peace strategy"; influence of the "military-industrial complex."
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Universities and research organizations; religious organizations; peace groups.
Goal: Encourage and participate in forms of multilateral disarmament and other methods of arms control that do not endanger national security.
Program area: National security
Program-remedy: 1. Initiate and implement the U.S. Grand Moral Strategy
2. Ratify existing arms control treaties
3. Expand negotiations on nuclear, conventional and space weapon systems control treaties
4. Negotiate mutual, verifiable cutbacks and freeze on both nuclear and conventional weapons
5. Contain the proliferation of both conventional and nuclear weapons to the Third World
6. Continue improving communications between the U.S. and the former Soviet republics, to reduce the risk of war by accident or miscalculation
7. Manage better the activities of the Department of Defense.
Program-prevent: 1. Development and implementation of a global "human survival strategy"
2. Create nuclear-free zones and/or demilitarized regions in Europe and other world tension areas
3. Redirect military cost savings toward world economic development
4. Engage in needed tension or conflict reduction activities among nations, religions and other cultural groups.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: People endangered by destructive military technologies.

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