From the thesis abstract: "Since World War I, the United States has been in the forefront of peacekeeping nations in trying to ban the use of lethal weapons. Today, negotiations for a bilateral and multilateral Chemical Weapons Convention banning the development, production and use of chemical weapons and eliminating all stocks globally are closer to success than anytime in the past. In light of the ongoing negotiations on chemical disarmament, this paper reexamines current U.S. policy statements, elaborates on the full spectrum of possible threats, and enumerates U.S. vulnerabilities in light of the foregoing threat analysis. From this analysis, suggested changes to the U.S. national security objectives are proposed and recommendations relating to chemical weapons training, intelligence gathering and required advancements in research and development are provided."
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