Accession Number : ADA314341

Title :   Proliferation: Threat and Response.

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA314341

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : During the height of the Cold War, the Russian physicist Andre Sakharov said, 'Reducing the risk of annihilating humanity in a nuclear war carries an absolute priority over all other considerations.' The end of the Cold War has reduced the threat of global nuclear war, but today a new threat is rising from the global spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Hostile groups and nations have tried - or have been able - to obtain these weapons, the technology, and homegrown ability to make them or ballistic missiles that can deliver the massive annihilation, poison, and death of these weapons hundreds of miles away. For rogue nations, these weapons are a ticket to power, stature, and confidence in regional war.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WARFARE, *GUIDED MISSILES, *BIOLOGICAL WARFARE, *CHEMICAL WARFARE, WEAPONS, USSR, WARFARE, GLOBAL, RISK, THREATS, COLD WAR, CHEMICAL ORDNANCE, DEATH, POISONS, PHYSICISTS.

Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE