International Control of Tritium for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

International Control of Tritium for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

International Control of Tritium for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

International Control of Tritium for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

Synopsis

Tritium is the neglected material in controlling the spread and further development of nuclear weapons. It is used by all nuclear weapons states to increase the explosive yield of atomic bombs and at the same time to miniaturize them. However, this radioactive material has not yet been put under appropriate international control comparable to the nuclear safeguards applied for plutonium and uranium. International Control of Tritium for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament provides a unique resource on all aspects regarding the military use of tritium. It explains how a carefully designed tritium control will affect the non-proliferation of tritium and slow the nuclear arms race.

Excerpt

From the very beginning in 1989, when a small group of American and Russian scientists launched the international journal, Science and Global Security, we envisioned that it would be accompanied over time by a monograph series.

Like the journal, we sought in such a monograph series to publish high-quality technical and scientific analyses related to arms control and security policy. the goal was to improve the quality and cumulative impact of communication on these subjects within the international scientific community and to help create a common understanding of the technical basis for new policy initiatives. As far as possible, we aimed for the volumes to be written so that their essential conclusions can be understood by nonspecialists while containing enough technical detail so that results can be reproduced by experts.

While the journal itself has flourished and is now in its 15th year, very few of the monographs have been published to date. It is now our hope that under our new publisher, crc Press of the Taylor and Francis Group, we can publish more monographs, some culled and thematically collected from the Science and Global Security archives, and some detailed and comprehensive examinations of specific topics such as the present volume's analysis of initiatives to control the production of tritium.

Harold A. Feiveson
Series Editor

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