Date of Graduation

Spring 2009

Degree

Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies

Department

Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Robert Joseph

Keywords

proliferation, WMD, strategic, denial and deception, national security, India, Iraq, Iran

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies

Abstract

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction presents the gravest national security threat to the United States. The implication of proliferation threatens international and regional stability, ranging from the emergence of new nuclear weapon states to the threat of nuclear terrorism. Underlying the proliferation threat is the use of strategic denial and deception. The following analyzes three case studies, India, Iraq, and Iran, where the application of strategic denial and deception has supported the quest for WMD. Based on analysis, the use of strategic denial and deception has contributed to a nuclear arms race, miscalculation, and the degradation of the nonproliferation regime.

Copyright

© Andrew Jason Givens

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