Accession Number : ADA326541

Title :   Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Ryan, Michael W.

PDF Url : ADA326541

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The policy of mutual destruction limited the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) during the Cold War but has much less significance in today's global environment not only because of multiple regional instability and motivation to acquire, but also increased availability of resources and technologies to build WMD. Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is a preeminent security threat in the 1990's. The US has policies and strategies to stem WMD proliferation and to counter the effects of their use. This paper will identify ways to deter threats of WMD against the United States through counterproliferation strategies of counterforce, active defense, and passive defense. Discussion includes aspects which challenge US interests and place greater burden on policymakers. These include politics, economics, technology and the global mindset.

Descriptors :   *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTS, ACTIVE DEFENSE, ECONOMICS, THREATS, SECURITY, DESTRUCTION, AVAILABILITY, COLD WAR, RESOURCES, INSTABILITY, PASSIVE DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE