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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
The Department of Energy's Tritium Production Program

The Department of Energy's Tritium Production Program

Date: November 8, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen used to enhance the explosive yield of every thermonuclear weapon. Tritium has a radioactive decay rate of 5.5% per year and has not been produced in this country for weapons purposes since 1988. To compensate for decay losses, tritium levels in the existing stockpile are being maintained by recycling and reprocessing it from dismantled nuclear weapons. To maintain the nuclear weapons stockpile at the level called for in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) II (not yet in force), however, a new tritium source would be needed by the year 2011. If the START I stockpile levels remain the target, as is now the case, tritium production would be needed by 2005.
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The National Ignition Facility: Management, Technical, and Other Issues

The National Ignition Facility: Management, Technical, and Other Issues

Date: November 8, 2001
Creator: Rowberg, Richard E
Description: None
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Chemical Weapons Convention: Issues for Congress

Chemical Weapons Convention: Issues for Congress

Date: November 13, 2001
Creator: Bowman, Steven R
Description: The Convention provides the most extensive and intrusive verification regime of any arms control treaty, extending its coverage to not only governmental but also civilian facilities. The Convention also requires export controls and reporting requirements on chemicals that can be used as warfare agents and their precursors. The CWC establishes the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to oversee the Convention's implementation. Chemical Weapons Convention implementing legislation, as S. 610, passed the Senate unanimously on May 23, 1997. This legislation, which was an amendment in the nature of a substitute reported from the Judiciary Committee, provides the statutory authority for domestic compliance with the Convention's provisions. It sets criminal and civil penalties for the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, possession, or use of chemical weapons.
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Nuclear Weapons in Russia: Safety, Security, and Control Issues

Nuclear Weapons in Russia: Safety, Security, and Control Issues

Date: December 5, 2001
Creator: Woolf, Amy F
Description: None
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China: Possible Missile Technology Transfers from U.S. Satellite Export Policy - Actions and Chronology

China: Possible Missile Technology Transfers from U.S. Satellite Export Policy - Actions and Chronology

Date: January 11, 2002
Creator: Kan, Shirley A
Description: This CRS Report discusses security concerns, significant congressional and administration action, and a comprehensive chronology pertaining to satellite exports to the PRC. The report discusses issues for U.S. foreign and security policy (including that on China and weapons nonproliferation), such as: What are the benefits and costs of satellite exports to China for U.S. economic and security interests? Should the United States continue, change, or cease the policy in place since the Reagan Administration that has allowed exports of satellites to China (for its launch and – increasingly – for its use)? Etc.
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Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background, Status, and Issues

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background, Status, and Issues

Date: January 11, 2002
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: None
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F-22 Raptor Aircraft Program

F-22 Raptor Aircraft Program

Date: January 14, 2002
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: This report discusses the background information, analysis and the recent developments in the F-22 Raptor Aircraft Program. The F-22 program raises questions about its cost and the need for this aircraft, the capabilities it would have, and the number of these planes needed to meet military requirements. The F-22 has had strong congressional support, although some have criticized the program on grounds of cost, requirements, and coordination with other tactical aircraft programs. Deletion of procurement funds in the FY2000 defense appropriation bill passed by the House made the future of the program a major issue for House and Senate conferees in 1999.
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Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress

Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress

Date: January 14, 2002
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: None
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V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

Date: January 14, 2002
Creator: Bolkcom, Christopher
Description: None
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Navy Network-Centric Warfare Concept: Key Programs and Issues for Congress

Navy Network-Centric Warfare Concept: Key Programs and Issues for Congress

Date: January 30, 2002
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: None
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