Accession Number : ADA308685

Title :   Nuclear Proliferation from the Former Soviet Union and the Effects of U.S. Economic Incentives.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Zimmerman, Craig L.

PDF Url : ADA308685

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : This paper examines the United States' role in stemming nuclear proliferation from the states of the Former Soviet Union. Proliferation from the FSU is a critical danger to the world. Because of the breakdown of many of the security structures within the FSU which formerly ensured the safety of their weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and related material, the danger is very real. The implementation of the START treaties has also generated a great deal of excess fissile material. Because of the economic conditions in the FSU, there is rising crime concerning the sale and distribution of this material. Finally, this paper examines the U.S. role in decreasing the danger of nuclear catastrophe caused by the lack of control. The primary force used in this effort is the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act (CTR) - better know as the Nunn-Lugar Program - which was initiated in 1991 immediately after the failed coup attempt in Moscow. The paper examines in broad scope the types of efforts that CTR supports and gives examples of how that money is being spent. The paper takes the position that the CTR is extremely important to the vital interests of the United States. Recommendations are then given to enhance this vital program.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, *USSR, *FISSIONABLE MATERIALS, *RUSSIA, *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, UNITED STATES, ECONOMICS, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), CRIMES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Fission Reactor Materials
      Nuclear Weapons
      Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE