Accession Number:

ADA394320

Title:

Nuclear Smuggling: How Serious a Threat?

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The unprecedented leakage of nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union FSU in 1994 signaled a clear shift in the nature and significance of the nuclear smuggling problem. The apparent pause in leakage in 1995 does not provide much comfort since conditions in the FSU conducive to nuclear leakage remain relatively unchanged. The barrier once faced by a rogue state or a terrorist group to the acquisition of a sufficient amount of special nuclear material to construct a nuclear weapon or some other nuclear device has been breached and is no longer as formidable. The U.S. government has recognized that the current threat is very serious and that it could get a lot worse. Critics believe that the U.S. government has not responded adequately to the nature and seriousness of the threat.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Government and Political Science
  • Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE