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Monitoring is the collection of data and its analysis by the intelligence agencies of the government. , satellite photography); (2) knowing where to look; and (3) knowing what to look for. If there is a question or concern about compliance, some initiative or response may be required. Evaluation is the decisionmaking component of the verification process. , whether it is a false alarm, an ambiguous event, or a clear violation) and what actions, such as diplomatic inquiries, may need to be initiated.

The exact wording of a treaty, as well as the way the parties agree to interpret it, are crucial to verifiability. It is the language of the treaty, after all, to which each country must retum in order to assess the other's compliance. Specificity Specificity of language eases the task of verification. The advantage of specificity is, of course, that ambiguity is reduced, thereby improving the chances that compliance issues will be clear-cut. In some cases, however, specificity is not achieved because some other goals have priority for one or all negotiating nations.

Verification capabilities were adequate for the task of determining Soviet compliance have included three Presidents, two Secretaries of Defense, two Secretaries of State, a Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The sum of their testimony supports the assertion that, at least prior to 1983, the Soviet Union has been in compliance with the terms of the SALT agreements. Discussing Questionable Activities In 1972, the United States and the Soviet Union established the Standing Consultative Commission (SCC) to discuss verification problems.

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