Arms controllers naturally and properly tend to focus mainly on the forces and weapons that are the most devastating, that threaten destruction on a mass scale. At the same time, we would do well to remember that the same motives impelling countries to build up their conventional forces also inspire the proliferation of mass-destruction weapons. If we can successfully address the former, we may do a great deal to lessen the latter as well.
ACDA is strengthening its focus on regional and local arms issues and the arms control means to address them. These include ways to encourage military transparency, as exemplified by the present report. Now more than ever, we need strong efforts against proliferation and for arms control and other non-military means of enhancing security.