Technology & Trade

Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Brian D. Finlay, Bernard I. Finel, and Janne E. Nolan, editors

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other advanced military technologies has emerged as the preeminent security concern for the United States since the end of the twentieth century.  This was pointedly demonstrated in early spring 2003 by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which embraced the twin objectives of destroying Saddam Hussein’s military arsenal and toppling his regime.  In North Korea, Pyongyang’s nuclear saber rattling and illicit missile technology exports are newly testing the diplomatic skill and military resolve of the administration of George W. Bush.  Elsewhere, the continued acquisition of nuclear technologies by Iran from Russia, the intensifying nuclear rivalry between  India and Pakistan, the prospect of China as a nuclear “peer competitor,” and the looming threat of terrorists’ acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have heightened the urgency of finding workable strategies to counteract proliferation.

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