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The Nuclear Matters Handbook is an expanded and revised version of the earlier Nuclear Matters: A Practical Guide

“Why Nuclear Matters – Nuclear weapons and countering nuclear threats will continue to be a central concern for the United States until we achieve President Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons. The President has identified the dual missions of sustaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and countering the threat from nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferation as among the two most important for U.S. national security. Nuclear Matters serves as the focal point for these missions within the U.S. Department of Defense. A comprehensive overview of the U.S. nuclear weapons program and U.S. efforts to counter nuclear terrorism is available in The Nuclear Matters Handbook, an OASD(NCB/NM)-developed resource for the nuclear community and the public.”

  • The Nuclear Matters Handbook is an expanded and revised version of the earlier Nuclear Matters: A Practical Guide. Originally published in 1991 for the use of Action Officers associated with the Nuclear Weapons Council, previous editions have been modified over time to meet the needs of the larger U.S. nuclear community as well as those outside the community who seek a better understanding of the subject area. Since the early 1990s, the U.S. nuclear program has evolved significantly as a result of unilateral and bilateral arms reductions, the end of underground nuclear testing in the United States, and in response to the growing threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. This revised and expanded handbook can be read cover to cover for those who seek to understand the U.S. nuclear program in its entirety, and can also be used as a reference source to look up useful facts and information concerning specific areas. The book is divided into chapters and appendices; the chapters present an overview of the U.S. nuclear program as a whole, while the appendices provide supplementary information on related topics for those less familiar with the subject matter. This book is intended to be an unofficial reference and is, therefore, neither authoritative nor directive. Every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate and comprehensive.
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