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Title: Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting

Abstract

This paper reviews some of the issues about verifying the dismantlement of nuclear warheads and controlling nuclear materials in the context of arms control objectives. It is asserted that information about the stockpiles of nuclear warheads and materials is necessary to analyze the impacts and verification requirements of arms control measures including warhead dismantlement and fissile material controls. It is proposed that the US and the Soviets engage in a series of declarations about their stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials. It is also asserted that currently it is more important to verify that warheads are retired to safe, secure facilities than to verify their dismantlement. It is proposed that production of new or rebuilt warheads be limited to less than the number retired each year. Verifying the number of new and rebuilt warheads deployed and the number retired avoids many of the difficulties in verifying dismantlement and material controls.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (US), Center for Technical Studies on Security, Energy, and Arms Control (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
822694
Report Number(s):
UCRL-JC-108073; CONF-911106-85; CTS-27-91
TRN: US0401415
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Santa Fe, NM (US), 11/05/1991--11/09/1991; Other Information: Center for Technical Studies on Security, Energy, and Arms Control; PBD: 5 Nov 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 98 NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, SAFEGUARDS, AND PHYSICAL PROTECTION; ARMS CONTROL; FISSILE MATERIALS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; WEAPONS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PRODUCTION; STOCKPILES; VERIFICATION; NON-PROLIFERATION POLICY; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; POLITICAL ASPECTS; FISSIONABLE MATERIALS; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS

Citation Formats

Sutcliffe, W G. Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Sutcliffe, W G. Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting. United States.
Sutcliffe, W G. Tue . "Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/822694.
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abstractNote = {This paper reviews some of the issues about verifying the dismantlement of nuclear warheads and controlling nuclear materials in the context of arms control objectives. It is asserted that information about the stockpiles of nuclear warheads and materials is necessary to analyze the impacts and verification requirements of arms control measures including warhead dismantlement and fissile material controls. It is proposed that the US and the Soviets engage in a series of declarations about their stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials. It is also asserted that currently it is more important to verify that warheads are retired to safe, secure facilities than to verify their dismantlement. It is proposed that production of new or rebuilt warheads be limited to less than the number retired each year. Verifying the number of new and rebuilt warheads deployed and the number retired avoids many of the difficulties in verifying dismantlement and material controls.},
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