The Obama Administration notched up a new success with the START Treaty ratification by the US Senate. The text was the object of a very stormy debate within the Senate as some Republican senators vainly tried to slow down the adoption. The last obstacles were overcome after President Obama vigorously testified that the US anti-missile defense project in Europe will not be undermined by the new START Treaty. In addition, Democrats emphasized the need to urgently send American inspectors in Russia to reset verifications on the ground. They have been suspended since the expiration of the previous START Treaty in December 2009. Despite reluctances from some Republicans, the Treaty received a significant support from the US intelligence community, the US army and experts on nuclear security.