The proposed fissile-material production cutoff : next steps /
Brian G. Chow, Richard H. Speier, Gregory S. Jones.
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1995.
xv, 51 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 1995.
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"National Defense Research Institute."
"Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense."
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Main Description
President Clinton has announced that the United States will take a comprehensive approach to the growing global accumulation of fissile material. As an element to that approach, he proposed a multilateral convention banning production of such material for nuclear-explosives purposes or outside international safeguards. This report examines and proposes some next steps to the proposed convention, to further strengthen worldwide control of weapon-usable material.
Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
The U.S. Proposalp. 3
Scopep. 4
Reactionsp. 7
Third World Inventories and Ability to Produce Weapon-Usable Materialp. 9
Inventoriesp. 9
Production Capabilitiesp. 13
Proliferation Risks and Possible Controlsp. 16
The Proposed Convention's Effect on Proliferationp. 19
Effects on Specific Countriesp. 19
General Effects on Access to Weapon-Usable Materialp. 21
The Timeline for Negotiationsp. 23
Next Steps: Options, Obstacles, and Mitigating Measuresp. 25
Two Promising Optionsp. 25
Stockpile Dispositionp. 25
Total Cutoffp. 27
Obstaclesp. 28
Naval Reactorsp. 28
Delayed Effectivenessp. 28
Government Attitudesp. 29
Mitigating the Obstaclesp. 32
A Discriminatory Optionp. 35
Elements of a Comprehensive Approachp. 37
Conclusionp. 39
Estimates of Third World Countries' Inventories and Ability to Produce Weapon-Usable Materialp. 43
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