Recent Reports and Publications
Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
Short Fuse to Catastrophe
Back from the Brink Keeping thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert between the U.S. and Russia is a colossal accident waiting to happen, an accident the world cannot afford. This report recommends that the U.S. and Russia immediately take steps to back away from the Cold War policy of launch-on-warning. ...More
Exposing the U.S. Nuclear War Plan
Natural Resources Defense Council The real American nuclear war plan -- the Single Integrated Operational Plan -- has been shrouded in secrecy. The plan exerts enormous influence over weapons programs and arms control debates, yet is beyond the reach of all but a handful of military planners. The NRDC nuclear war plans project uses a computer simulation to reveal what nuclear conflict would look like if it occurred today. The result of that analysis should be the elimination of SIOP in its current form.
Nuclear Notebook/Archive of Nuclear Data
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC Nuclear Notebook (and Archive of Nuclear Data) is widely regarded as the most accurate source of information on nuclear weapons and weapons facilities available to the public.
Toward True Security: A US Nuclear Posture for the Next Decade
Center for Defense Information This alternative review of NPT and US position, jointly produced by the CDI, the Federation of American Scientists,the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, finds that no plausible threat justifies the US maintaining more than a few hundred survivable nuclear weapons, and recommends the US unilaterally reduce its nuclear arsenal and take it off hair-trigger alert.
Low-Yield Earth Penetrating Nuclear Weapons
Federation of American Scientists Fund A group of politicians, military officials and leaders of nuclear weapon laboratories are urging the US to develop precision low-yield nuclear weapons to minimize the "collateral damage" and make them more acceptable. However, the use of any nuclear weapon capable of destroying a buried target that is otherwise immune to conventional attack will necessarily produce enormous numbers of civilian casualties.
The Matrix of Deterrence: US Nuclear Strategic Command Force Studies
Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development The U.S. military had a predominant influence on the outcome of all major reviews of nuclear forces conducted in the 1990s. As a result, many of the principles that guided nuclear planning in the Cold War have continued and now threaten to undercut the nuclear posture review currently underway in the new Bush administration.