Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material / Edition 1

Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy: Containing the Threat of Loose Russian Nuclear Weapons and Fissile Material / Edition 1

by Owen R. Cot? Jr., Graham Allison, Steven E. Miller, Richard A Falkenrath
     
 

ISBN-10: 026251088X

ISBN-13: 9780262510882

Pub. Date: 03/13/1996

Publisher: MIT Press

What if the bomb that exploded in Oklahoma City or New York's World Trade
Center had used 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium? The destruction would have been far more vast. This danger is not so remote: the recipe for making such a bomb is simple, and soon the ingredients might be easily attained. Thousands of nuclear weapons and hundreds of tons of

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What if the bomb that exploded in Oklahoma City or New York's World Trade
Center had used 100 pounds of highly enriched uranium? The destruction would have been far more vast. This danger is not so remote: the recipe for making such a bomb is simple, and soon the ingredients might be easily attained. Thousands of nuclear weapons and hundreds of tons of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium from the weapons complex of the former Soviet Union, poorly guarded and poorly accounted for, could soon leak on to a vast emerging nuclear black market.This study by Graham Allison and three colleagues at Harvard's Center for Science and International Affairs warns that containing the leakage of nuclear materials--and keeping them out of the hands of groups hostile to the United States--is our nation's highest security priority.As the most open society on a shrinking planet, the United States has no reliable defense against smuggled weapons fashioned from black-market materials by a determined state or terrorist group. Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy highlights the fact that the only way to combat the threat is by preventing nuclear leakage in the first place. Its message is both timely and urgent: it outlines the new nuclear danger and details how to reshape U.S. national security policy to deal with these dangers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262510882
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/13/1996
Series:
Belfer Center Studies in International Security, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1Risks of Nuclear Leakage20
Ch. 2Stakes: How Nuclear Leakage Threatens U.S. Interests49
Ch. 3Response: Inadequacies of American Policy74
Ch. 4The Challenge: A Response Commensurate with the Stakes146
Appendix A. The Russian Nuclear Archipelago177
Appendix B. A Primer on Fissile Materials and Nuclear Weapon Design203
Appendix C. The HEU Deal229
Map: The Russian Nuclear Archipelago294
About The Center for Science and International Affairs296

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