The US will no longer have verification measures at its disposal to monitor Russian strategic nuclear forces come Dec. 6, 2009, the day after the START I agreement expires, said Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), co-chair of the Senate’s National Security Working Group, in a Senate floor speech, Nov. 21, 2009. Yet, he warned, there appeared to be no plan in place for bilateral confidence-building verifications to continue in the period between START's expiration and the potential entry into force of a follow-on arms-reduction treaty. Here, a maintenance team from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., works on a Minuteman ICBM, one weapon system in the US strategic nuclear triad.
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