13 December 2010
Investments in Conventional Prompt Global Strike
Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
(As compiled by the Department of Defense)
The New START Treaty does not contain any constraints on current
or planned U.S. conventional prompt global strike capability.
DoD is currently conducting a study of long range strike options, including those that would provide CPGS capabilities. The results of this study will be reflected in the Departmentís Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 2012) budget submission.
In August 2010, the Department submitted the Review of Fiscal Year 2010 Conventional Prompt Global Strike Concepts Report to Congress, which reviewed the CPGS concepts funded in the FY 2010 Presidentís budget request ($165.6 million). FY 2010 expenditures focused on the development and demonstration of technologies that could support a CPGS system deployed in the continental United States. (Submarine-based capabilities are also under consideration.) Current efforts include the following:
The New START Treaty allows the United States to deploy CPGS
systems, and does not in any way limit or constrain research,
development, testing, and evaluation of such concepts and systems,
which offer the prospect of striking any target in the world in
less than an hour. Intercontinental ballistic missiles with a
traditional trajectory would be accountable under the Treaty;
however, the Treatyís limits would accommodate any plans the
United States might pursue during the life of this Treaty to
deploy conventional warheads on ballistic missiles. Further, the
United States made clear during the New START negotiations that we
would not consider non-nuclear, long-range systems, which do not
otherwise meet the definitions of the New START Treaty (such as
boost-glide systems that do not fly a ballistic trajectory), to be
accountable under the Treaty.