ABSTRACT

Assessing the Benefits and Burdens of Nuclear Latency [PASCC Research in Progress]   [open pdf - 360KB]

"Objective: This project seeks to understand the international causes and consequences of nuclear latency, defined as a state's possession of technical capabilities that enable--but fall short of--acquisition of nuclear weapons. A range of technological assets are needed to construct nuclear weapons, but two requirements stand out as having particular importance: (1) the materials and technical expertise required to fabricate an explosive device and (2) the capacity to produce fissile material (i.e., plutonium or enriched uranium). This project will also attempt to assess how nuclear latency affects both a state's security and bargaining power." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

Publisher:Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Contemporary Conflict
Date:2016-10
Copyright:Public Domain. Downloaded or retrieved via external web link as part of the PASCC collection.
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Format:pdf
Media Type:application/pdf
URL:https://www.hsdl.org/?view&did=796457
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