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Nonproliferation Issues For Weapons of Mass Destruction

1st Edition

By Mark A. Prelas, Michael Peck

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296 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction provides an understanding of WMD proliferation risks by bridging complex technical and political issues. The text begins by defining the world conditions that foster proliferation, followed by an analysis of characteristics of various classes of WMDs, including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. It then explores the effectiveness of arms control, discussing current nonproliferation problems, nonproliferation prior to the fall of the USSR, and weapons safeguards.

The book analyzes the future of these weapons, discussing delivery systems and potential use by states, terrorist groups, and individuals. The text concludes with a discussion of what can be done to limit the impact of WMDs. This volume enables a realistic understanding of the relative risks that WMDs present to our way of life.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

The Shifting of Wealth

The Proliferation of Technology

The Change in the Methods of Warfare

The Seeds of Change

Energy and the Volatile Mix

Conclusions

References

WHAT IS A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION?

Nuclear Weapons

Dirty Bomb

Biological Weapons

Chemical Weapons

Conclusions

Appendix 2.1 Parties and Signatories to the Treaty on the

Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Appendix 2.2 Parties and Signatories to the Biological Weapons

Convention

References

CHARACTERISTICS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Nuclear Materials

Radioactive Materials

Dirty Bombs

Biological Effects of Radiation

Effects of a Nuclear Explosive

Effects of a Dirty Bomb

Conclusions

Appendix 3.1 Separation Technologies

References

CHARACTERISTICS OF BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

Biological Agents

Production Equipment and Methods

Uses of Biological Agents as a Weapon

Conclusions

References

CHARACTERISTICS OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

Chemical Agents

CW Munitions

CW Use by States

CW Use in Terrorism

CW Use by Individuals

Conclusions

References

EFFECTIVENESS OF ARMS CONTROL

Nonproliferation Problems in the Present

Nonproliferation Prior to the Fall of the USSR

Treaties and Their Historical Impact

Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons Safeguards

Conclusions

References

THE FUTURE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Nuclear Weapons

Dirty Bombs

Biological Weapons

Chemical Weapons

Oil as a Dominant Force in Proliferation

Conclusions

References

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT OF WMDS?

References

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Subject Categories

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COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General
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HOUSE & HOME / Security
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General