Is An Outer Space Arms Control Treaty Verifiable?

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Date(s) - 3/4/200812:00 am

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Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation Paula A. DeSutter will deliver remarks on Arms Control in Outer Space and Verification.  She will discuss the analysis that governments must make in reaching a judgment about whether or not an arms control agreement is effectively verifiable, and then apply that analysis to outer space arms control.  During this presentation, Assistant Secretary DeSutter will place the Bush Administration’s policy of opposing new space arms control negotiations in the context of the many difficulties in verifying any such new arrangements for outer space.

Paula A. DeSutter has an extensive background in verification and a career focus on national security and intelligence. She served for over four years as a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Ms. DeSutter was professional staff liaison to Senator Jon Kyl and was responsible for legislation and oversight of intelligence collection, analysis and activities related to proliferation, terrorism, arms control, the Persian Gulf States, India, Pakistan, China, and Afghanistan. She has held numerous positions in the Verification and Intelligence Bureau in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Ms. DeSutter’s publications include Denial and Jeopardy: Deterring Iranian Use of NBC Weapons (NDU Press, 1998).

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