Accession Number : ADA523661
Title : The Nuclear Weapons Effects National Enterprise
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : John, Miriam ; Braddock, Joseph
Report Date : Jun 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 91
Abstract : Actions--both by others and of our own doing--are combining to create potentially tragic consequences on military operations involving the effects of nuclear weapons on the survivability of critical systems for mission assurance. Regional proliferation risks are growing, accompanied by nation state policy and doctrine that acknowledge limited nuclear use as a legitimate war fighting option. U.S. counters, especially defensive measures to ensure continued operations in radiation environments, are being reduced by our own choices. Intelligence resources are focused elsewhere. Leadership is poorly educated on military operations in nuclear environments. The reliance on commercial off-the-shelf components in U.S. military systems has grown while nuclear survivability requirements, testing, and evaluation have declined-both dramatically. As a result, the nation lacks a clear understanding of the response to nuclear radiation exposure of general purpose forces, the Global Information Grid (GIG) and the GIG-edge, and critical infrastructure on which the Department of Defense (DOD) relies. Moreover, the technical expertise and infrastructure to help remedy the situation has decayed significantly. Investments in addressing nuclear survivability have declined precipitously.
Descriptors : *EXPOSURE(PHYSIOLOGY) , *NUCLEAR RADIATION , *SURVIVABILITY , *NUCLEAR WEAPONS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , GLOBAL , INTELLIGENCE , POLICIES , ENVIRONMENTS , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , LEADERSHIP , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , MILITARY DOCTRINE , OFF THE SHELF EQUIPMENT , MISSIONS , COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT , RESOURCES , WARFARE , REQUIREMENTS , NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS , INFRASTRUCTURE , MILITARY OPERATIONS
Subject Categories : Weapons Effects(biological)
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE