Nuclear Weapons R&D Organiziations in Nine Nations
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Seven nations-China, France, India, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States-possess nuclear weapons. In addition, North Korea tested a nuclear explosive device, and Israel is widely thought to have nuclear weapons. As an aid to Congress in understanding nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation, and arms control matters, this report describes which agency is responsible for research and development RD of nuclear weapons i.e., nuclear explosive devices, as distinct from the bombers and missiles that deliver them in these nations and whether these agencies are civilian or military. It also traces the history of such agencies in the United States from 1942 to the present. This report may be updated annually.
- Nuclear Weapons