This report reviews and updates the 2002 National Research Council report, Technical Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This report also assesses various topics, including:
Sustaining these technical capabilities will require action by the National Nuclear Security Administration, with the support of others, on a strong scientific and engineering base maintained through a continuing dynamic of experiments linked with analysis, a vigorous surveillance program, adequate ratio of performance margins to uncertainties. This report also emphasizes the use of modernized production facilities and a competent and capable workforce with a broad base of nuclear security expertise.
National Research Council. 2012. The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty: Technical Issues for the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12849.
|1 SAFETY, SECURITY, AND RELIABILITY OF THE U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE||15-34|
|2 TECHNICAL MONITORING CAPABILITIES AND CHALLENGES||35-76|
|3 SUSTAINING U.S. TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES UNDER THE CTBT||77-94|
|4 POTENTIAL TECHNICAL ADVANCES FROM NUCLEAR-EXPLOSION TESTING||95-118|
|5 COMPLETE LIST OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS||119-128|
|APPENDIX A Committee on Reviewing and Updating "Technical Issues Related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty" (CTBT)||129-134|
|APPENDIX B List of CTBT Committee and Seismology Subcommittee Meetings||135-136|
|APPENDIX C The U.S. National Capability to Monitor for Nuclear Explosions||137-138|
|APPENDIX D Monitoring Areas of High Interest||139-160|
|APPENDIX E Dealing with Evasive Underground Nuclear Testing||161-180|
|APPENDIX F Issues Related to Containment of Radioactivity||181-182|
|APPENDIX G U.S. Satellite Nuclear Detonation Detection Capability: Options and Impacts||183-184|
|APPENDIX H Satellite-Based Challenges and Solutions||185-186|
|APPENDIX I References||187-198|
|APPENDIX J List of Acronyms||199-202|
|APPENDIX K Glossary of Key Terms from the 2010 CTBT NIE||203-204|
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The United States is now in a better position than at any time in the past to maintain a safe and effective nuclear weapons stockpile without testing and to monitor clandestine nuclear testing abroad, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report, requested by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, reviews and updates a 2002 study that examined the technical concerns raised about the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The report does not take a position on whether the U.S. should ratify the treaty.
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