New START data shows U.S. nuclear reductions picking up, Russia flat lining

The latest New START date shows that U.S. nuclear warhead reductions are increasing after two years of little improvement while Russia's warhead count remains about the same.

The New START treaty is an agreement between Russia and the U.S. to reduce the number of nuclear warheads. Since its inception in February 2011, the U.S. and Russia have only reduced their combined 10,000 warheads by 203.

U.S. data shows a reduction of 68 warheads since September 2012. It is speculated that 14 of these warheads can be attributed to B-52G bombers that had been counted as deployed under the treaty, but are no longer deployed or nuclear tasked. By 2018, the US will have to eliminate another 104 warheads to fulfill the treaty.

Russia has been below the mark of 1,550 accountable strategic warheads for the past year and now looks to be flat lining. It showed a 19 warhead reduction.

What is not taken into account in this treaty are the delivery vehicles and the asymmetry in these vehicles between Russia and the US. The US has 300 more deployed vehicles than Russia. An objective for the next arms control treaty between the US and Russia may include reduction of the delivery vehicles by the US and improving stability of Russian warhead loading systems.