Accession Number : ADA534515


Title :   Infrastructure Security and Nuclear Power


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT


Personal Author(s) : Steinhausler, Friedrich


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA534515


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 17


Abstract : Nuclear power, national security and covert nuclear weapon programs have been intrinsically linked in the past. Such was the case in India, Israel, South Africa and Pakistan. At least thirteen Middle Eastern countries either announced new plans to explore atomic energy or revived preexisting nuclear power programs between February 2006 and January 2007. The Middle East and North Africa represent a region with countries (Algeria, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia) representing a wide range of nuclear capabilities. In view of the ongoing debate about the Iranian nuclear power program, strategic stability in the Persian Gulf depends inter alia on the nuclear capabilities of these countries. Coupled with the rampant political instability and national nuclear issues shrouded in a great deal of secrecy, this provides a fertile breeding ground for speculations and hypotheses concerning the potential for covert nuclear weapon programs. In the following article, the nuclear infrastructure in Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia will be reviewed to provide a basis for an objective assessment of the future risk of these countries engaging in a covert nuclear weapon program.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS , *NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , *NUCLEAR WEAPONS , ALGERIA , ARMS CONTROL , COVERT OPERATIONS , EGYPT , INFRASTRUCTURE , INSTABILITY , MIDDLE EAST , NORTH AFRICA , NUCLEAR ENERGY , NUCLEAR REACTORS , REPRINTS , RISK , SAUDI ARABIA , SYRIA , TERRORISM , URANIUM


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Eng
      Nuclear Weapons


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE