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Title: Managing excess weapons plutonium

Abstract

The United States and Russia have pledged to reduce their nuclear forces by some 80 percent by the early years of the next century. Unfortunately, no comparable commitment exists to deal with the resulting excess warheads or the 100 to 200 tons of plutonium and several times as much highly enriched uranium which would be released by the dismantlement of these warheads. This fissile material, enough for several tens of thousands of warheads, would constitute a major threat to international security in the event of either a breakout from existing commitments or diversion to unstable or terrorist states.

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
45365
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Arms Control Today
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: PBD: Mar 1994
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
35 ARMS CONTROL; PLUTONIUM; RISK ASSESSMENT; ARMS CONTROL; HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM

Citation Formats

Keeny, S.M. Jr. Managing excess weapons plutonium. United States: N. p., 1994. Web.
Keeny, S.M. Jr. Managing excess weapons plutonium. United States.
Keeny, S.M. Jr. Tue . "Managing excess weapons plutonium". United States.
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abstractNote = {The United States and Russia have pledged to reduce their nuclear forces by some 80 percent by the early years of the next century. Unfortunately, no comparable commitment exists to deal with the resulting excess warheads or the 100 to 200 tons of plutonium and several times as much highly enriched uranium which would be released by the dismantlement of these warheads. This fissile material, enough for several tens of thousands of warheads, would constitute a major threat to international security in the event of either a breakout from existing commitments or diversion to unstable or terrorist states.},
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journal = {Arms Control Today},
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place = {United States},
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