Accession Number : ADA521966


Title :   Counterproliferation of Nuclear Weapons


Descriptive Note : Strategy Research Project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Cochran, David C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a521966.pdf


Report Date : Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : The proliferation of nuclear weapons remains a significant security challenge to the United States of America. The combination of global terrorism combined with the spread of nuclear weapons poses an especially unnerving combination of threats. Non-proliferation policies and goals remain an important part of the nation?s strategy in this new environment. Furthermore, the United States must employ a diplomacy led approach to contain the spread of nuclear weapons and maintain an appropriate counterproliferation capacity. This essay uses a historical review of the proliferation of nuclear weapons to identify trends that result in nuclear proliferation. Additionally, it looks at the awareness following the 9/11 attacks of a possible vulnerability resulting from the combination of terrorism and nuclear weapons. Likewise, it explores three case studies that present successful counterproliferation operations to identify and evaluate a spectrum of possible future counterproliferation measures. Finally, following a review of current national policy, the essay presents recommendations to improve the Obama administration's approach to non-proliferation and counterproliferation issues.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS , *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , TERRORISM , THREATS , CASE STUDIES , HISTORY , MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS , POLICIES , GLOBAL , ENVIRONMENTS


Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare
      Nuclear Weapons


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE