Assessing the Benefits and Burdens of Nuclear Latency
Center on Contemporary Conflict
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This project seeks to understand the international causes and consequences of nuclear latency, defined as a state’s possession of technical capabilities that enable—but fall short of—acquisition of nuclear weapons. A range of technological assets are needed to construct nuclear weapons, but two requirements stand out as having particular importance: (1) the materials and technical expertise required to fabricate an explosive device and (2) the capacity to produce fissile material (i.e., plutonium or enriched uranium). This project will also attempt to assess how nuclear latency affects both a state’s security and bargaining power.
Performer: National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI), University of Nebraska—Lincoln Project Lead: Rupal Mehta Project Cost: $95,682 FY16–17