Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting

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This paper reviews some of the issues about verifying the dismantlement of nuclear warheads and controlling nuclear materials in the context of arms control objectives. It is asserted that information about the stockpiles of nuclear warheads and materials is necessary to analyze the impacts and verification requirements of arms control measures including warhead dismantlement and fissile material controls. It is proposed that the US and the Soviets engage in a series of declarations about their stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials. It is also asserted that currently it is more important to verify that warheads are retired to safe, secure ... continued below

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Sutcliffe, W. G. November 5, 1991.

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This paper reviews some of the issues about verifying the dismantlement of nuclear warheads and controlling nuclear materials in the context of arms control objectives. It is asserted that information about the stockpiles of nuclear warheads and materials is necessary to analyze the impacts and verification requirements of arms control measures including warhead dismantlement and fissile material controls. It is proposed that the US and the Soviets engage in a series of declarations about their stockpiles of nuclear weapons and materials. It is also asserted that currently it is more important to verify that warheads are retired to safe, secure facilities than to verify their dismantlement. It is proposed that production of new or rebuilt warheads be limited to less than the number retired each year. Verifying the number of new and rebuilt warheads deployed and the number retired avoids many of the difficulties in verifying dismantlement and material controls.

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NTIS; GPO Dep; DE92009595; former OSTI ID: 5774003

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  • IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Santa Fe, NM (US), 11/05/1991--11/09/1991; Other Information: Center for Technical Studies on Security, Energy, and Arms Control

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JC-108073
  • Report No.: CONF-911106--85
  • Report No.: CTS--27-91
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 822694
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc780760

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Sutcliffe, W. G. Warheads and Fissile Materials:Declarations and Counting, article, November 5, 1991; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc780760/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.