Monniker Makeover for Arms Control Bureau


The Department of State last week officially announced the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability (ADS), the new name of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

This name change "reflects the full scope of this Bureau’s long-standing work and its role in addressing new challenges posed by emerging security technologies and domains," according to a department statement.

ADS leads Department of State efforts on developing, negotiating, implementing, and verifying compliance with a range of arms control and disarmament agreements and arrangements; extended deterrence; missile defense; confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs); risk reduction; and crisis communications.

Working with others in the Department, ADS has grown its capacity to respond to issues relating to artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and quantum computing. Today, the Bureau is playing a key role in establishing and promoting norms of responsible behavior in outer space, cyberspace, and with artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. 


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