AUTHORNorris, Robert S. / Cochran, Thomas B. / Arkin, William M.
TITLEHistory of the Nuclear Stockpile
PERIODICAL TITLEBulletin of the Atomic Scientists
DATE PUBLISHED1985
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERAugust
PAGE NUMBERS106-109
ISSN0096-3402
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This concise article evaluates the historical development of the nuclear arsenal of the United States and factors involved in fluctuations in the nation’s nuclear stockpiles from 1945 to the late 1980s. The authors follow the advancement of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, noting the various warhead models in production, the quantities of warheads within the stockpile, and its overall yield. The authors state that competition among the various branches of the United States armed services led to a great diversity of nuclear weapons programs. They assert that technological momentum and a lack of public oversight permitted the development of a gigantic and expensive nuclear arsenal.


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