Although it is conducted by non-state actors, it can provide useful information to inform official discussions in both capitals. If maintained, it can set the stage for future strategic engagement and help preserve elements of the old framework both as a useful temporary measure and perhaps as a basis for a new framework. In a reversal of the old cold war roles, commitment to arms control will no longer save bilateral relations, but commitment to the global relationship can save arms control. Second, improvements have been underway for decades, particularly for carrier nuclear vehicles, and are only being put into service now. Although Russia has increased the speed at which it is introducing new missiles, it has slowed down the pace of retreat to give the impression of growing strength. .