Formulation of Effective Nonproliferation Policy, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, Second Session, March 21, 23, 28, 30, 2000   [open pdf - 737KB]

From the opening statement of Richard G. Lurgar: "Today the committee begins a series of four hearings on United States and intelligence nonproliferation policy. No issue better illustrates the new challenges, complexities, and uncertainties faced by the United States and the world than the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means. Bilateral and multilateral efforts to stop proliferation are perhaps the most important foreign and national security policies we are implementing today. When the former Soviet Union collapsed just over 8 years ago, a new era in world history began. Many suggested the dangers of nuclear war have been dispelled by the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Instead, we now face a world that is more turbulent, unpredictable, and in some respects more violent than the one we left in the early 1990's. Hopes for enduring peace have given way to the reality of disorder and conflict. The aspiring nuclear powers of today are not constrained by the patterns of Cold War competition. They do not need a Manhattan Project. The weapons programs of rogue nations and regional powers do not require high standards or a large number of weapons. These programs are harder to detect and to identify as nations are increasingly able to conceal their efforts and move ahead rapidly." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard G. Lurgar, Stephen A. Cambone, Joseph Cirincione, Robert G. Joseph, Sumit Ganguly, and Fred C. Ikle.

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S. Hrg. 106-655; Senate Hearing 106-655
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