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Book 1: Nuclear Matters, A Practical Guide

Book 2: Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation

Book 3: The Effects of Nuclear Weapons


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NUCLEAR MATTERS - A Practical Guide

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Chapter 1: The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

1.1 Overview

Nuclear Matters: A Practical Guide provides an introduction to the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program. It is designed for individuals who have a need to understand these matters and is intended to explain the various elements that constitute the Nuclear Weapons Program.

1.2 The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program is, first and foremost, a deterrent that minimizes the possibility that the U.S. will be attacked by nuclear weapons or other WMD.

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program represents the totality of all activities, processes, and procedures associated with the design, development, production, fielding, maintenance, repair, storage, transportation, physical security, employment, and, finally, dismantlement, disposal, and replacement of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. stockpile. The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program also includes the various organizations and key offices within the Administration and the Congress that are a part of the approval and funding process. Finally, the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program encompasses the infrastructure and resources — human and material — necessary to support the U.S. policy of deterrence.

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