Thesis Title

The Economics of Proliferation: An Examination of the Changing Nature of the Nuclear Marketplace

Date of Graduation

Spring 2007


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


proliferation, nuclear weapons, non-state actors, atomic energy, black markets

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


Nuclear proliferation in its purest sense is an economic problem. Actors seek security in an unpredictable international environment through the acquisition of a weapon that has the potential to inflict a tremendous amount of pain upon an adversary for a minimal price. Because of the high value placed upon these weapons, the technology and knowledge applicable to this field is also valuable financially and politically. Nuclear weapons proliferation has become a highly sought after business that states and non-state actors seek to become a part of and has been proven throughout history to contribute to further proliferation.


© Michael J. Arendt Jr.


Open Access