Russian Nuclear Weapons: The Threat Remains Essay by PJNordahl

Russian Nuclear Weapons: The Threat Remains
This paper details the ?disturbing truth about the safety of Russian nuclear weapons and the risk of an accidental nuclear war.
# 701 | 2,683 words | 16 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2001 in Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper details the four threats of nuclear annihilation that the Russian nuclear program has created: accidental launch due to a malfunction, failure of the Russian early warning system, a launch of a nuclear weapon because of a rogue commander, the detonating of a stolen nuclear warhead that has been smuggled out of Russia, and the detonation of a nuclear weapon that was built with Russian fissile material. The paper also describes the meager steps that Russia and the United States have taken to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Most importantly the paper stresses that public awareness of this critical situation is imperative to prevention of such a disaster.

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