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Dual-use distinguishability: How 3D-printing shapes the security dilemma for nuclear programs

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Authors
Volpe, Tristan A.
Subjects
Nuclear proliferation
emerging technology
additive manufacturing
arms races
security dilemma
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Date of Issue
2019
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2019
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
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Abstract
Additive manufacturing is being adopted by nuclear programmes to improve production capabilities, yet its impact on strategic stability remains unclear. This article uses the security dilemma to assess incentives for arms racing as the emerging technology becomes integrated into nuclear supply chains. Innovations sow the ground for competition by making it easier to produce weapons and harder to distinguish civil from military motives. But additive manufacturing could still mature into an asset by revealing greater informa- tion about nuclear aspirants. Beyond the nuclear realm, the article refines offense-defence theory to explain how changes in non-military technology shape the practice of deception.
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The article of record as published may be found at https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2019.1627210
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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27 p.
Citation
Tristan A. Volpe (2019) Dual-use distinguishability: How 3D-printing shapes the security dilemma for nuclear programs, Journal of Strategic Studies, 42:6, 814-840
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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