For the military programs and the capabilities of both East and West, 1984 was a year of continuity with one or two exceptions. There was little progress in arms control during the year. After the U.S. elections, however, there were indications of increased willingness in Moscow and Washington to search for new routes around self-imposed obstacles to negotiation. The unratified SALT II treaty expires at the end of 1985 without a successor arms control regime in view, and new weapon systems, some in development and some entering arsenals, will increasingly strain the basic framework of strategic arms control in place since 1972.