The Reserve Officers Association was briefed at Heritage Foundation about the New Start Treaty. One issue that was highlighted in the discussion is that a number of Senators from both parties have requested the record of negotiation from the White House. Based on precedent, past administrations have provided this information as part of the ratification process (e.g. Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) and The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaties.) These records are 1000s of page in length and will require time for Senate staffers to review. The earlier that copies are received, the quicker a resolution of ratification can be considered by the Senate Foreign Affairs committee. ROA members can contact their home state Senators to request that they make similar requests for a copy of the record of negotiation on the New Start Treaty to be sent to the Senate from the Obama Administration.
This Treaty is a complex issue and ROA hopes to have treaty experts on both side of the debate to publish articles in our November issue of The Officer.