FRONTLINE's report, "Plague War," offers analyses by Russian, U.S. and
British experts on the Soviets' biological weapons projects; the status of
Russia's current stockpile; a report on a Soviet anthrax leak in 1979;
information on bio-agents and the biological warfare threat; and the state of
How easy is it to steal and sell plutonium and highly-enriched uranium from
Russian nuclear facilities? FRONTLINE's 1996 "Loose Nukes" report
details major seizures in Europe of fissile nuclear material which was smuggled
out of Russian nuclear facilities. The interviews section has U.S. policy experts, nuclear smugglers,
international law enforcement and Russian scientists discussing what happened
and how, and what they're trying to do to tighten customs control and improve
nuclear sites' security.
A chronology of significant nuclear weapon events since 1945 has been
prepared by Reuters News and the European Commission.
It includes a rundown of nuclear reduction treaties and a list of nations
known, or assumed, to have nuclear weapons.
The Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute for
International Studies offers several significant reports on nuclear
weapons and proliferation. For example, it publishes on its site a bimonthly
analysis of nonproliferation questions related to North Korea.
The Brookings Institution (a public policy think tank)
has a range of material on nuclear non-proliferation. Go to their "Security"
home page. If you enter "proliferation" into their search engine, you'll find abstracts to several of the
works they have produced on proliferation issues. In addition, the site
offers pictures of small atomic
demolition munitions, including the U.S. version of a 'suitcase bomb'- the W54
Special Atomic Demolition Munition (SADM).
Good, updated overviews on US and USSR/Russian nuclear stockpiles, materials
and forces --using tables and graphs-- is offered at the web site of The Federation of American Scientists .
...is one of many resources on nuclear non-proliferation offered at this web site
of The Henry L. Stimson Center, an independent, nonprofit, public policy
institute which focuses on security issues.
...is the U.S. government
agency charged with negotiating arms control treaties with other nations.
Their extensive web site provides the text to many important arms control
treaties, factual compilations, such as World Military Expenditures and Arms
Transfers for 1995, 1996, 1997 and
treaties, including the text of START I and START II. This site also offers an extensive
archive, which includes documents such as a "Joint
Statement by Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Russian Foreign Minister
Yevgeniy Primakov on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty," the "Safe, Secure
Dismantlement (SSD) Initiatives With Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine," the
"Safe, Secure Dismantlement (SSD) Initiatives with Russia," the "U.S.
Nunn-Lugar Safety, Security, Dismantlement Program," and the "U.S.-Russian
Agreement on Highly-Enriched Uranium."
...is an organization comprised of
prominent nuclear policymakers and technicians from Russia and the United
States and devoted to developing new, cooperative nuclear security initiatives.
There are a number of relevant documents on nuclear security and
non-proliferation issues on their site, such as "Fissile Material Security
In the Post-Cold-War World", as well
as a series of documents concerned with the security of Russia's arsenal.
Since 1992, The Cooperative Threat Reduction Program
funded by the U.S. Department of Defense has worked with the former republics
of the Soviet Union--Belarus, Kazahkstan, the Ukraine--on projects to dismantle
their nuclear weapons. It is also working to help secure and safeguard Russia's
arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. The various projects of CTRP are
listed on this site.
...provides an overview of each Russian nuclear delivery system with pictures, descriptions,
history and, their future as related to the START nuclear arms reduction
treaties. CDI also produces videos on defense policy issues, including at
least two on nuclear weapons, entitled "Can We Learn to Live Without Nuclear
Weapons" and "The Military's Nuclear Mess." (Some transcripts are offered on
For some Russian perspectives on START II and the prospect of further nuclear
arms reductions, the status and future of Russia's nuclear forces, Russia's
early warning system, and the issue of de-alerting nuclear forces, explore the
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology's Center for Arms Control, Energy
and Environmental Studies. Its site offers a good collection of articles and discussions.
The U.S.'s Sandia National Laboratories and Russia's Arzamas-16 laboratory have
teamed up to develop remote monitoring systems for assuring the safety,
security and international accountability of fissile materials. Their
Magazine to Magazine Remote Monitoring Field Trial offers a glimpse of the
data and technology in this collaborative project.
...a UN agency, oversees global efforts against nuclear proliferation and limiting
nuclear technologies to peaceful purposes. Their site contains a range of
resources. For example, the homepage highlights the worries and activities
concerning the Y2K issue and how Y2K could affect nuclear installations and
...is a respected, non-governmental organization focusing on arms control
policies. Their site offers fact-sheets, reports, and primary documents.
The Natural Resource Defense Council's Nuclear Program site features approximately 25 articles
on issues surrounding nuclear weapons, some available online.