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Proliferation: Threat and Response

AuthorUS. Dep. Of Defense
6-03-0-00-99.pdf
Date2001
Classification 6.03.0.00/99 (PROLIFERATION - GENERAL)
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PROLIFERATION:
THREAT AND RESPONSE




              January 2001

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                                  Proliferation:
                               Threat and Response




                                        January 2001




This document, along with other DoD materials related to nonproliferation and counterproliferation, may be found at
                                          http://www.defenselink.mil
Message of the Secretary of Defense
 At the dawn of the 21st Century, the United States now faces what could be called a
 Superpower Paradox. Our unrivaled supremacy in the conventional military arena is
 prompting adversaries to seek unconventional, asymmetric means to strike what they
 perceive as our Achilles heel.
 At least 25 countries now possess — or are in the process of acquiring and
 developing — capabilities to inflict mass casualties and destruction: nuclear, biologi-
 cal and chemical (NBC) weapons or the means to deliver them. For example:
 ■   North Korea is building and selling long-range