Accession Number : ADA132124

Title :   Prospects for Nuclear Proliferation.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Phillips,Donald Wayne

PDF Url : ADA132124

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 150

Abstract : This study surveys and analyzes various problems relating to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the future of the nonproliferation regime. Nuclear proliferation is the intersection of a number of important issues, none of which individually will decide how events will unfold. The growing number of nuclear power industries throughout the world has led to the widespread availability of the necessary nuclear technology and fissile material usd to construct nuclear weapons. The capability is thus becoming increasingly available to many national leaders. The motivations for a country to go nuclear could change rather suddenly in an international system which is plagued by a greater fragmentation and diffusion of power. This study finds that: (1) the present fragile nuclear non-proliferation regime is inadequate to limit the spread of nuclear weapons; (2) the world is gradually moving into a period in which it may soon contain from 15 to 20 nuclear states; and (3) the danger will be all the greater that a brush-fire war involving any one of them may take on global dimensions.

Descriptors :   *National security, *Nuclear proliferation, Nuclear weapons, Nuclear power plants, Arms control, Fissionable materials, Nuclear engineering, Nuclear warfare, Threats, Global, Plutonium, Military doctrine, Treaties, Theses

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE