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S. S. NDC), which engages with the IMS and the International Data Centre (IDC) of the CTBTO in the exchange of data and data products as specified in the text and protocols of the CTBT. S. S. academic institutions, and private contractors. S. national technical means may take advantage of technologies not part of the IMS (for example, space-based monitoring) and may focus its monitoring efforts on areas of particular interest to the United States. NTM give the United States significant additional information beyond what is available to other countries that do not have a robust NTM program.

It is this data fusion that determines the ultimate monitoring capabilities relevant to the CTBT. Based on developments over the past decade, each of the technologies that can be used to monitor compliance with the CTBT is reviewed below and updated from the 2002 Report. S. NTM, the IMS, and other capabilities. Augmenting the technologies summarized in Table 2-1 is information derived from confidence-building measures (CBMs) and on-site inspections (OSI), both of which are also described in this chapter.

3. Maintaining strategic deterrence and stability at reduced nuclear force levels. 4. S. allies and partners. 5. Sustaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear arsenal. Elaborating on the fifth objective, the NPR states that, as long as nuclear weapons exist, the United States will sustain safe, secure, and effective nuclear forces, which will continue to play an essential role in deterring potential adversaries and reassuring allies and partners around the world. BOX 1-2 Options for Extending the Life of Nuclear Warheads Under any life-extension plan for a warhead, components outside of the nuclear explosive package (NEP) have been, and will be, replaced with upgraded versions—this is not controversial.

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