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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Studies by Once Top Secret Government Entity Portrayed Terrible Costs of Nuclear War

Categories: History,Nuclear Arms,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,WMD

A collection of 12 formerly classified documents dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s which reveal estimates of potential damage from a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.  The documents are mostly summaries from the still-classified full-length reports from the National Security Council’s highly secret Net Evaluation Subcommittee.  From the National Security Archive


The Evolution of Cooperative Threat Reduction: Issues for Congress

Categories: Arms Control,Nuclear Arms,Russia,WMD

This report summarizes cooperative activities conducted during the full 20 years of U.S. threat reduction and nonproliferation assistance.  Reviews the programs and their funding.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


New Details on the 1961 Goldsboro Nuclear Accident

Categories: Defense/Military,Energy,History,Nuclear Arms,Science/Technology

A set of 7 declassified documents which reveal new details about a 1961 nuclear weapons accident at Goldsboro, North Carolina which nearly detonated a nuclear bomb.  Also includes recently declassified past reviews of nuclear safety.  From the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratory, posted by the National Security Archive.


Iran: State Leads an Interagency Process to Determine Whether to Impose Sanctions under Section 5(b) of the Iran Sanctions Act

Categories: Arms Control,Govt Processes/Organization,Iran,Nuclear Arms

Describes the process that the State Department and other relevant federal agencies follow to determine whether to impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear activities including criteria used and the role of the Office of Counterproliferation.  From the Government Accountability Office


Iran’s Nuclear Program: Tehran’s Compliance with International Obligations

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Nuclear Arms,United Nations

Provides a brief overview of Iran’s nuclear program and describes the legal basis for the actions taken by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Security Council to restrict the program to peaceful purposes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Transparency in the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Stockpile: Fact Sheet

Categories: Nuclear Arms,Statistics

Provides information on the number of U.S. nuclear warheads in the strategic stockpile from the 1940s to 2013.  Also reports on the pace of reducing the stockpile.  From the State Department



Achievements of and Outlook for Sanctions on Iran

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Iran,Nuclear Arms,United Nations

Reviews the history of sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S., the UN, and multinational sanctions, and the debate over how successful those sanctions have been in moderating Iran’s nuclear policy, human rights record, and foreign policy goals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Korea,Nuclear Arms,Syria,WMD

Describes the key elements of a nuclear weapons program, reviews the available information regarding cooperation among Iran, North Korea, and Syria on ballistic missiles and nuclear technology, and discusses additional requirements that Congress may wish to impose, especially with regard to executive branch reporting on WMD proliferation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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