Accession Number:

ADA443142

Title:

The A. Q. Khan Network: Causes and Implications

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

117.0

Abstract:

The A. Q. Khan nuclear supplier network constitutes the most severe loss of control over nuclear technology ever. For the first time in history, all of the keys to a nuclear weapon -- the supplier networks, the material, the enrichment technology, and the warhead designs -- were outside of state oversight and control. This thesis demonstrates that Khans nuclear enterprise evolved out of a portion of the Pakistani procurement network of the 1970s and 1980s. It presents new information on how the Pakistani state organized, managed, and oversaw its nuclear weapons laboratories. The thesis provides extensive documentation of command and control challenges faced by Pakistan and argues that Khan was largely a rogue actor outside of state oversight. The A. Q. Khan affair refutes more optimistic theories about the effects of nuclear proliferation. This case study indicates that states have a difficult time balancing an abstract notion of safety against pressing needs for organizational speed and flexibility. The thesis enumerates enabling institutional factors in Pakistan that allowed Khans enterprise to continue and flourish, and which might also be generalizable to other states of proliferation concern. A list of references includes government documents, interviews, press releases, speeches, testimony, books, journal articles, occasional papers, presentations, and reports. The thesis includes a figure representing the individuals implicated in Khans nuclear network.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE