109 books for genre «Nuclear Warfare»

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The Defense Nuclear Agency presents a comprehensive and informative history of the development and testing of nuclear weapons after World War II, from the earliest atomic bombs through the devastating hydrogen thermonuclear devices that were the centerpiece of the Cold War. It provides unique insights into civilian and presidential decisions from Truman through Clinton.­Contents: CHAPTER ONE - The Post-­War Transition, 1946 to 1948 * CHAPTER TWO - The Military's Role in Nuclear Matters, 1949 to 1952 * CHAPTER THREE - The Sprint for Supremacy, 1952 to 1957 * CHAPTER FOUR - Some Second Thoughts, 1957 to 1963 * CHAPTER FIVE - A New Paradigm, 1963 to 1970 * CHAPTER SIX - Another Way, 1970 to 1980 * CHAPTER SEVEN - A Rebirth of Confidence, 1980 to 1988 * CHAPTER EIGHT Post-­Cold War Era: New Missions, 1989 to 1997Defense's Nuclear Agency, 1947-­1997, traces the development of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP), and its descendant government organizations, from its original . . .

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Delhi Policy Group has worded for a decade on nuclear policy in India. It has generated an informed debate to influence policy by emphasizing the need for nuclear restraint and responsibility. The DPG was chosen as a research institution to assist in the deliberations of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-­Proliferation and Disarmament, constituted by the Australian and Japanese governments. The support of the NTI to DPG’s efforts has been immense and definitive. The first decade of 21st century has seen a resurgence of support of global nuclear disarmament. A cascade of nuclear disarmament proposal has emerged from different sources. India has consistently favored complete global nuclear disarmament, even as it laid the foundations of a nuclear energy programme. Notwithstanding the nuclear tests, Indian policy on global nuclear disarmament has not been disavowed. Global nuclear disarmament is closely linked to geo-­political conditions. Unless such conditions are . . .

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This 2012 report showcases studies that were done over the past three years on what the next set of strategic nuclear competitions might look like.­With most of the world's advanced economies now stuck in recession; Western support for defense cuts and nuclear disarmament increasing; and a major emerging Asian power at odds with its neighbors and the United States; it is tempting to think our times are about to rhyme with a decade of similar woes — the disorderly 1930s.­Might we again be drifting toward some new form of mortal national combat? Or, will our future more likely ape the near-­half-­century that defined the Cold War—a period in which tensions between competing states ebbed and flowed but peace mostly prevailed by dint of nuclear mutual fear and loathing?­The short answer is, nobody knows. This much, however, is clear: The strategic military competitions of the next two decades will be unlike any the world has yet seen. Assuming U.­S., Chinese, Russian, Israeli, Indian, . . .

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This new volume explores what the acquisition of nuclear weapons means for the life of a protracted conflict, using the case study of the conflict between India and Pakistan.

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“There are two problems for our species’ survival—nuclear war and environmental catastrophe, ” says Noam Chomsky in this new book on the two existential threats of our time and their points of intersection since World War II.­While a nuclear strike would require action, environmental catastrophe is partially defined by willful inaction in response to human-­induced climate change. Denial of the facts is only half the equation. Other contributing factors include extreme techniques for the extraction of remaining carbon deposits, the elimination of agricultural land for bio-­fuel, the construction of dams, and the destruction of forests that are crucial for carbon sequestration.­On the subject of current nuclear tensions, Chomsky revisits the long-­established option of a nuclear-­weapon-­free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, a proposal set in motion through a joint Egyptian Iranian General Assembly resolution in 1974.­Intended as a warning, Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe is also . . .

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Since the late 1940s the United States had based its national military strategy on the necessity of deterring and, if deterrence failed, successfully fighting a global war against the Soviet Union. In 1987 Joint Staff strategists began to examine some of the planning assumptions supporting this strategy. Their review led them to conclude that national military strategy should put greater emphasis on regional planning. While strategists were developing new approaches based initially on assessments of US capabilities but increasingly on their assessment of the reduced threat from the Warsaw Pact, Joint Staff force planners in 1988 began to analyze the force structure that supported current strategy. The prospect of an accelerated decline in defense funding, together with the sweeping changes taking place within the Warsaw Pact, prompted them to recommend significant force reductions.­When General Colin L. Powell became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 1989, he . . .

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In A Nuclear Family Vacation, husband-­and-­wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-­class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-­trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs? Their itinerary takes them from the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan to the U.­S.­’s own top-­secret "Site R,­" opening a unique perspective on the world’s vast nuclear infrastructure and the international politics at play behind it.

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The security community generally believes that North Korea has a relatively sophisticated guided ballistic missile program. This report questions this view and seeks to better characterize the North Korean missile threat. The author compares the available data on the North Korean missile program against five hypotheses about the program's origins, sophistication, and scale, highlighting inconsistencies.

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INDIA-­US NUCLEAR DEAL: Prospects And Implications by Carl Paddock India is not a great power yet, but it has the potential to emerge as one. That is why, United States pays closer attention to India's role in the regional balance. The strategic significance of the nuclear deal, signed between India and the US, can be appreciated only in the context of the changing US geopolitical strategy and the evolving US-­India relationship. This book addresses the wide-­ranging issues concerning the Indo-­US Nuclear Deal. Making a critical assessment of India's energy policy, it describes in detail the agreement with IAEA, NSG waiver, the political fallouts of the deal, its implications for South Asia, and the China factor. The texts of the agreement, the Hyde Act, and India- IAEA Safeguards Agreements have also been appended.

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Among the many technical innovations that were introduced after World War II, none left as strong an impression on the public as the atom bombs that destroyed two Japanese cities in August 1945. People spoke of the "atomic age" that had now begun, as if this technological innovation would, all by itself, shape a new world. The atomic age was described as one that might soon end in the destruction of human civilization, but from the beginning, utopian images were attached to it as well. Nuclear technology offered the promise of applications in medicine, agriculture, and engineering, and nuclear power could theoretically provide an unlimited supply of energy. This book demonstrates and explains how the popular media represented nuclear power, in its military and non-­military forms. It focuses on the first two decades of the "atomic age,­" when national governments, military strategists, scientists, and the public attempted to come to terms with a technology that so drastically . . .

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