Nuclear Weapons: Select Issues from the Global Arena

Amber C. Rose (Editor)
Oscar A. Williams (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: HEA021000

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Most analysts consider nonstrategic weapons to be shorter-range delivery systems with lower yield warheads that might be used to attack troops or facilities on the battlefield. These weapons have a lower profile in policy debates and arms control negotiations, possibly because they do not pose a direct threat to the continental United States. This book provides basic information about U.S., Russian, North Korean and Pakistani nuclear weapons.

It begins with a brief discussion of how these weapons have appeared in public debates in the past few decades, then summarizes the differences between strategic and nonstrategic nuclear weapons. Historical background is discussed, describing the numbers and types of nonstrategic nuclear weapons deployed during the Cold War by the U.S. and Russia, and in the past decade; the policies that have guided the deployment and prospective use of these weapons; and the measures taken to reduce and and contain them. Also discussed is what is known about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons
(Amy F. Woolf, CRS)

North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues
(Mary Beth Nikitin, CRS)

Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues
(Paul K. Kerr, Mary Beth Nikitin, CRS)

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