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Prospects for Arms Control in the Ocean

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell
October, 1972

During the 1970s many of the important advances in military technology will be related to ocean warfare. SIPRI has, therefore, taken an active interest in military developments in the ocean and the topic was dealt with extensively in the SIPRI Yearbook 1969/70. It is now an appropriate time to review the subject—in particular, the prospects for arms control in ocean.

This paper is a study written by Sven Hirdman, a member of the SIPRI staff, for the Pacem in Maribus III Convocation, Malta, 27 June to 3 July 1972.



I. Introduction

II. Military uses of the deep ocean

III. The Sea-Bed Treaty

IV. Prospects for arms control in the ocean

V. Conclusions