Accession Number : ADA309251

Title :   The Chemical Weapons Convention: Strategic Implications for the United States.

Descriptive Note : Strategy research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Vogel, Frederick J.

PDF Url : ADA309251

Report Date : 26 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : On January 13, 1993, in Paris, 130 countries signed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to ban the entire class of Chemical Weapons. Debate continues on the strategic implications of the Convention, as drafted, and whether it is in the U.S. national security interest. This paper explores the historical, moral, and legal aspects of chemical warfare, and the strategic implications of the Convention, including operational, policy, constitutional, and industry impact for the U.S. This paper concludes that, although 'imperfect,' the Convention represents a significant contribution to U.S. security objectives, and serves the national interest.

Descriptors :   *WEAPONS, *CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, IMPACT, STRATEGIC WEAPONS, CHEMICAL WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE