The Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and Ploughshares Fund held a debate series on a range of nuclear challenges and policy decisions the Trump administration will face in 2017. The debate series aimed to provide a forum for in-depth exploration of arguments on both sides of key nuclear policy issues.
In this article, Mcfarlane attempts to parse out the differences between various types of weapons of mass destruction. This includes distinctions in lethality and their impact on national security policy.
A resource from the Department of Defense, “21st Century Nuclear Deterrence & Missile Defense” details a number of elements of the American nuclear arsenal. It has sections on the Nuclear Posture Review and the Ballistic Missile Defense Review, interviews with key Defense Department policymakers, and deterrence components. Additionally, it serves as a repository for Defense Department reports, transcripts, and statements.
An overview of the materials used in nuclear weapons, how they are made, the designs of weapons, nuclear testing, and a number of introductory topics.
A report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this article lays out the logic behind why the United States should lead the push for global disarmament. It was published as part of a series of articles on foreign policy topics to prepare the next President of the United States in 2008.
A country-by-country breakdown produced by the Arms Control Association on the state of past and current arms control agreements, regimes, initiatives, and practices that each state has or has not subscribed to. The profiles also describe the primary weapons programs, policies, and proliferation record of each country.
A collection of fact sheets and briefs on a variety of nuclear topics, including nuclear treaties, nuclear weapons production, and nuclear testing.
A book by Joseph Cirincione, Bomb Scare traces the history of nuclear proliferation and offers an optimistic view of its future. It combines theory, history, and security analysis as it moves from the dawning of the nuclear age to the Iranian nuclear program of the 2000s.
This book by Joseph Cirincione, Jon Wolfsthal, and Miriam Rajkumar remains one of the definitive resources for an overview of WMDs and their respective regimes.
This website offers an overview of various types of delivery systems, including all three legs of the triad, as well as touching on proliferation challenges and dual-use issues.