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Title: An Aerospace Engineer in Defense Policy's Court: Nuclear Deterrence Policy and the Nuclear Weapons Council.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the Astronaut Scholar Technical Conference held May 20, 2017 in Cocoa Beach, FL.
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United States

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Lafleur, Jarret Marshall. An Aerospace Engineer in Defense Policy's Court: Nuclear Deterrence Policy and the Nuclear Weapons Council.. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Lafleur, Jarret Marshall. An Aerospace Engineer in Defense Policy's Court: Nuclear Deterrence Policy and the Nuclear Weapons Council.. United States.
Lafleur, Jarret Marshall. 2017. "An Aerospace Engineer in Defense Policy's Court: Nuclear Deterrence Policy and the Nuclear Weapons Council.". United States. doi:.
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author = {Lafleur, Jarret Marshall},
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year = 2017,
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