Technologies Underlying Weapons of Mass Destruction
OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT WASHINGTON DC
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This background paper explores the technical pathways by which states might acquire nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the systems to deliver them. It also assesses the level of effort, commitment, and resources required to mount such developments. The paper is a companion to the OTA report Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Assessing the Risks, which describes what nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons can do and how they might be used. That report also analyzes the consequences of the spread of such weapons for the United States and the world, surveys the array of policy tools that can be used to combat proliferation, and identifies tradeoffs and choices that confront policy makers. A forthcoming report will analyze specific sets of nonproliferation policy options in detail.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Nuclear Weapons