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Henry D. Sokolski

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Henry Sokolski is the Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to promote a better understanding of strategic weapons proliferation issues among policy-makers, scholars and the media. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Sokolski previously served as Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Department of Defense, for which he received a medal for outstanding public service from Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. He also worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, as a consultant to the National Intelligence Council, and as a member of the Central Intelligence Agency's Senior Advisory Group. In the U.S. Senate, Sokolski served as a special assistant on nuclear energy matters to Senator Gordon Humphrey (R-NH), and as a legislative military aide to Dan Qualye (R-IN). Sokolski has authored and edited a number of works on proliferation, including Best of Intentions: America's Campaign Against Strategic Weapons Proliferation (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001); Nuclear Heuristics: Selected Writings of Albert and Roberta Wohlstetter (Strategic Studies Institute, 2009); Falling Behind: International Scrutiny of the Peaceful Atom (Strategic Studies Institute, 2008); Pakistan's Nuclear Future: Worries Beyond War (Strategic Studies Institute, 2008); Gauging U.S.-Indian Strategic Cooperation (Strategic Studies Institute, 2007); Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran (Strategic Studies Institute, 2005); and Getting MAD: Nuclear Mutual Assured Destruction, Its Origins and Practice (Strategic Studies Institute, 2004).

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September 13, 2010 08:52 AM

Assuming the Senate Democratic leadership and the Obama Administration are willing to play ball, it’s doubtful that opponents of the New START agreement will block passage of the treaty. On the other hand, the prospects of New START leading to other arms control agreements any time soon are slim to grim.

Yes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry ruffled Senate procedural feathers by trying to report the New START agreement out of his committee before receiving the traditional letter from Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passing on its findings on the treaty. But this letter won’t be coming soon: Despite summer recess and Secretary Clinton’s claim that passage New START is her top priority, the Administration has still not bothered to answer SASC’s questions for the record. This, the Senate’s urgent need to address tax issues, and Senator Kerry’s past difficulties in cutting a deal on the resolution of ratification with his critics on the Committee, make the prospects for Senate passage of New START before

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