The Resource Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends

Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends

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Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends
Title
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends
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Language
eng
Summary
The United States has long recognized the dangers inherent in the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons, and missiles. Despite the preeminence of U.S. military power, or perhaps because of it, these weapons continue to pose very serious threats to the United States and its foreign interests. NBC weapons could be delivered by means ranging from ships or trucks that terrorist groups might employ, to aircraft, cruise or ballistic missiles of states. This report, which analyzes NBC weapons programs around the globe and potential threat patterns, is updated as needed. The total number of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in the world is shrinking as the major powers scale back their inventories through unilateral reductions and arms control, but other countries and groups still try to acquire these weapons. There are five established nuclear weapon states (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and India and Pakistan declared their nuclear weapons capability with nuclear tests in 1998. Israel and North Korea are widely believed to have nuclear weapon arsenals, although neither has directly declared its capabilities. North Korea may have between 2 and 8 nuclear weapons. Recent international inspections in Iran have revealed significant strides in Iran's nuclear fuel cycle capabilities and many believe Iran to have a covert nuclear weapons program. Iraq and Libya are no longer states of proliferation concern; despite Libya's ability to procure significant nuclear components, its scientists lacked the wherewithal to proceed aggressively toward a nuclear weapon
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DTICE
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non fiction
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  • Squassoni, Sharon A
  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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  • Mass destruction weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Arms control
  • Terrorism
  • Threat evaluation
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
Label
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends
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Publication
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CRS Report for Congress
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
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37 pages
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online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227899082
  • (OCoLC)ocn227899082
Label
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends
Publication
Note
CRS Report for Congress
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
37 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227899082
  • (OCoLC)ocn227899082

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