Sandia Technology: Special Issue: Verification of Arms Control Treaties   [open pdf - 29MB]

"Nuclear deterrence, a cornerstone of US national security policy, has helped prevent global conflict for over 40 years. The DOE [Department of Energy] and DoD [Department of Defense] share responsibility for this vital part of national security. The US will continue to rely on nuclear deterrence for the foreseeable future. In the late 1950s, Sandia developed satellite-borne nuclear burst detection systems to support the treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests. This activity has continued to expand and diversify. When the Non-Proliferation Treaty was ratified in 1970, we began to develop technologies to protect nuclear materials from falling into unauthorized hands. This program grew and now includes systems for monitoring the movement and storage of nuclear materials, detecting tampering, and transmiting sensitive data securely. In the late 1970s, negotiations to further limit underground nuclear testing were being actively pursued. In less than 18 months, we fielded the National Seismic Station, an unattended observatory for in-country monitoring of nuclear tests. In the mid-l980s, arms-control interest shifted to facility monitoring and on-site inspection. Our Technical On-site Inspection Facility is the national test bed for perimeter and portal monitoring technology and the prototype for the inspection portal that was recently installed in the USSR under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces accord. The articles in the special issue of Sundiu Technology describe some of our current contributions to verification technology. This work supports the US policy to seek realistic arms control agreements while maintaining our national security."

Report Number:
Sandia Report No. SAND89-0637
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Department of Energy: http://www.osti.gov/
Media Type:
Sandia Technology (March 1989), v.13 no.2
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