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Verification and Arms Control
Verification and Arms Control
Edited by William C. Potter
Lexington Books, 1985, 260 pp.

Recent years have witnessed an increased stress upon the verification of arms control agreements, both as a technical problem and as a political issue. As one contribution here points out, the middle ground has shrunk between those who are persuaded that the Soviets are "cheating" and those who are willing to take some verification risks for the sake of achieving arms control. This volume should be welcomed as a useful contribution to the national debate. One new angle, according to a Lawrence Livermore physicist who served as a member of the delegation to the various test-ban treaty negotiations, is the limited effectiveness of on-site inspection as compared to other means of verification.