Naval War College Review


Considering its far-reaching security implications, the INF Treaty signed by President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in December 1987, and ratified this spring by the U.S. Senate, provoked a curiously muted debate. The contrast with SALT II is remarkable. There was no political football here; instead, Presidential candidates of all persuasions hastened to endorse it. Such opposition as emerged was focused not on issues of security, surely the ultimate test of any arms control agreement, but on whether the Treaty contained adequate provisions against Soviet subterfuge.