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Nuclear Energy pp 223-247 | Cite as

The Nuclear Weapons Proliferation Issue

  • E. L. Zebroski
  • Bernard I. Spinrad

Abstract

There are four issues that various people include under the term “proliferation.” These are:
  1. 1.

    Vertical proliferation: Increased numbers, types, and methods of deployment of nuclear weapons by countries already having such weapons, and particularly by the two superpowers.

     
  2. 2.

    Horizontal proliferation: Additional countries with deployable or deployed nuclear weapons.

     
  3. 3.

    Potential capability: Still other countries with a capability to rapidly manufacture nuclear weapons, should a decision be made to do so.

     
  4. 4.

    Subnational potential: The possibility of manufacture of nuclear weapons from material diverted or stolen, as by terrorist or criminal groups intent on blackmail.

     

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Power Reactor Nuclear Weapon Fuel Cycle Spend Fuel Isotope Separation 
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References

  1. 1.
    Joint Committee Print, U.S. Senate, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Nuclear Proliferation Fact Book, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington (Sept. 1977).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    C. Starr and E. Zebroski, Nuclear power in weapons proliferation: The thin link, Proc. Am. Power Conf. 39, 26 (1977).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Joint Report on Uranium Resources, OECD and IAEA (Dec. 1975).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. L. Zebroski
    • 1
  • Bernard I. Spinrad
    • 2
  1. 1.Electric Power Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear EngineeringIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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