Accession Number : AD1003116

Title :   Force Enhancement Packages for Countering Nuclear Threats in the 2022-2027 Time Frame: Final Report

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Institute for Defense Analyses Alexandria United States

Personal Author(s) : Harvey,John R ; Wagner,Richard L ; Heady,S C ; Bovey,Robert L ; Fainberg,M A ; Bashaw,Vernon D ; Brooks,Linton F ; Celec,Frederick S ; Cuda,Daniel L ; Dubin,Rachel D

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 90

Abstract : In the 20222027 time frame, the United States and its allies will continue to face the threat of a state or non-state actor seeking to deliver clandestinely a nuclear weapon or improvised nuclear device to a U.S. or allied city, or to another target and detonating it there. This document discusses how the future threat may differ from the current one in 2015. It postulates candidate force enhancement packages (FEPs) that would be sensible for the Department of Defense to obtain in the interim, and to participate in the interagency and work with international partners to counter weapons of mass destruction. An IDA research team created a notional scenario involving either criminals or terrorists moving a single nuclear device or significant quantities of materials used in nuclear weapons into or across Europe, Central Asia, and North America. The proposed FEPs were derived from an IDA analysis based on this scenario.

Descriptors :   THREATS , mass destruction weapons , nuclear weapons , scenarios , terrorism , test beds

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE