Negotiating disarmament can be tricky, and both the US and USSR stand to lose a lot from the SALT talks. Can the United States take the first steps towards peace in the Cold War, or will the earth continue to careen towards annihilation?
The U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) was established in 1961 with a mission to strengthen United States national security by advising the government in ways of implementing and verifying effective arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament policies, strategies, and agreements. In doing so, the ACDA ensured that arms control is remains a major part in the development and conduct of United States national security policy. The ACDA also conducts, supports, and coordinates research on arms control and disarmament in order to formulate policy, manages U.S. participation in international arms control and disarmament negotiations, and directs U.S. participation in international arms control and disarmament systems. After the particularly harrowing Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, in which the US and USSR nearly brought the world to a thermonuclear end, newly elected President Nixon seeks to pursue detente with the Soviet Union, and a thawing of Cold War tensions. But with strategic missile sites critical for NATO and Warsaw Pact defence and with new and more horrifying missiles regularly being tested and deployed, disarmament may be more difficult to negotiate than many had thought.