Accession Number:

ADA488043

Title:

What Has Their Bomb Cost the Chinese?

Descriptive Note:

Essay

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1966-02-18

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

An estimate of the cost, in U.S. dollars, of the development and production of Chinas first nuclear device is presented. The estimate is based upon capital and operating costs of the facilities known to be required in a nuclear weapons program. The U.S. dollar value of the effort expended is related to the Chinese economy in terms of the cost of complete industrial plants that China could purchase on the world market. The impact of the nuclear development program on the Chinese economy is illustrated by examples of increased capacity that could have been obtained in the agriculture, steel, electrical generation, petroleum, and other industries with investments comparable to those made in the nuclear program. The magnitude of the economic sacrifice that China has made to become a nuclear power provides an understanding of the importance of membership in the nuclear club by Chinese Communist leaders.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE