Unmaking the bomb: A fissile material approach to nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation

Harold A. Feiveson, Alexander Glaser, Zia Mian, Frank N. von Hippel

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Achieving nuclear disarmament, stopping nuclear proliferation, and preventing nuclear terrorism are among the most critical challenges facing the world today. Unmaking the Bomb proposes a new approach to reaching these long-held goals. Rather than considering them as separate issues, the authors – physicists and experts on nuclear security – argue that all three of these goals can be understood and realized together if we focus on the production, stockpiling, and disposal of plutonium and highly enriched uranium – the fissile materials that are the key ingredients used to make nuclear weapons. The authors describe the history, production, national stockpiles, and current military and civilian uses of plutonium and highly enriched uranium, and propose policies aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating these fissile materials worldwide. These include an end to the production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium for weapons, an end to their use as reactor fuels, and the verified elimination of all national stockpiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherMIT Press
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9780262319188
ISBN (Print)9780262027748
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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