Accession Number : ADA312429

Title :   The United States Initiative for Chemical Weapons Arms Control.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Scott, Reginald D.

PDF Url : ADA312429

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : This research investigates the US policy initiative renouncing the employment of chemical weapons (CW). The focus of the research is to determine if such an initiative will achieve the national objective for implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). If the initiative does not meet the national objective are there feasible options for the United States Government (USG)? In 1993, the USG established a policy banning the use of chemical weapons. This act may have won the battle for the moral high ground, but it will not deter nor eliminate the use of chemical weapons worldwide. The relative ease by which a nation can take various combinations of chemical compounds and produce a lethal chemical agent makes deterrence and/or complete elimination virtually impossible. The US should continue to employ the elements of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic policy regarding nonproliferation inclusive of a proven deterrent-CW. No use of CW or any weapon of mass destruction is best, but until the CWC is ratified a deterrent should be maintained by the US.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, *ARMS CONTROL, *CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, *CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS, WEAPONS, GROUND LEVEL, EMPLOYMENT, THESES, MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, LETHAL AGENTS.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE