Open Skies Treaty Flights Resume in 2019
With tensions between Russia and NATO on the rise, the treaty’s goal to provide mutual transparency is more important than ever.
Treaty dispute with Russia grounded routine transparency overflights last year.
Critics of the Open Skies Treaty seek to block the Pentagon’s request for funding to modernize U.S. reconnaissance aircraft and sensors.
Instead of rushing to hasten their demise, Congress must seek to preserve and strengthen these four key pillars of arms control and nonproliferation.
The Open Skies Treaty is a good example of transparency and confidence building. If the parties agree to update the treaty by expanding its membership and using modern technology for data collection and analysis, it can provide an important framework for implementing broader verification methods in a nuclear-zero era.