Accession Number : ADA302729

Title :   Is Counterproliferation Compatible with Nonproliferation? Rethinking the Defense Counterproliferation Initiative.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : McColl, Angus A.

PDF Url : ADA302729

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 185

Abstract : This thesis examines the compatibility of the Defense Counterproliferation Initiative (CPI) with the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The idea of using military means to combat the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction by regional adversaries has created controversy from its inception. Skeptics worried that counterproliferation would undermine nonproliferation, rather than enhance it as the Defense Department claimed.This research examines how counterproliferatio affects the various treaties and policies that make up the nonproliferation regime Then, it examines each element of the CPI, considering its purpose, progress made to date, and the operational limitations which are already coming to light. Finally, and most importantly, it examines the tensions which counterproliferation has created, not only with nonproliferation, but for U.S. foreign policy as a whole. it concludes that counterproliferation is compatible with nonproliferation and provides recommendations to help provide the United States with the military means to combat proliferation, while ensuring a strong and enduring nonproliferation regime.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, *POLICIES, *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, *ARMS CONTROL, FOREIGN POLICY, WARFARE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, ACQUISITION, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, THESES, COMPATIBILITY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, LIMITATIONS, TREATIES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE