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New START, NPR
Modernization Funding Report
Requires the president to certify whether strategic deliverysystems modernization is funded at the level laid out in the November 2010 update to the 1251 report (the report required by the 2010 NDAA). (Sec. 1071)
If the level of funding is less, then the President mustcertify in the report required in section 1043 of the2012 NDAA whether lack of full funding will result ina loss of military capability.
If yes, then the president must submit a plan to preserve the capability that would be lost.
The president must also certify a commitment tomodernization set forth in declaration 12 of the NewSTART Treaty.Report language: “The committee believes that the linkage between nuclear modernization and the New STARTTreaty’s implementation is sufficiently established.” (112-173, p 287)
Modernization Funding and Limits on Reductions
Requires the president to certify whether plans to modernizestrategic delivery systems are being executed at the leveloutlined in the 1251 report.Prohibits funding for implementation of New START unlessthe president is able to issue such a certification. (Sec. 1055)2)
If appropriations fail to meet the levels set in the 1251 report,the president is required to submit a report on:
the plan to remedy the shortfall,
the effects of the shortfall on the “safety, security,reliability, or credibility” of the US nuclear forces,
and “whether and why, in light of the shortfall, remaininga party to the New START Treaty is in the nationalinterest of the United States.”Prohibits funding for nuclear reductions until the resourceshortfall described in the report has been addressed. (Sec.1053)
Report languageSection 1053 “states the Sense of Congress regarding thelinkage between the New START Treaty and modernization