Accession Number : AD1019253


Title :   Morality of Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Case Study of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Apr 2010,01 Apr 2010


Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States


Personal Author(s) : Budzko,Danielle M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1019253.pdf


Report Date : 01 Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : While widespread until the 1990s, discussions on the morality of weapons of mass destruction have rapidly declined in recent years. However, nuclear weapons remain an issue in U.S. national security and a key player in international relations, providing a nation with an elevated status and powerful deterrent against external aggression. This paper analyzes Just War Theory and applies the criteria to evaluate the morality of modern weapons of mass destruction in hypothetical situations. The criteria are also applied to the sole employment of a nuclear bomb in warfare, the U.S. against Japan in World War II, to determine if this was a moral action.


Descriptors :   weapons of mass destruction , MORALS(SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY) , nuclear weapons , national security , International relations , warfare , military operations , DETERRENCE , military history , Case studies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE