This document has been released in June 2005
Title: Perspectives on New Nuclear Monitoring Challenges by Rob Mahoney
This powerpoint slideshow has been presented to the commission on seismology and geodynamics.
The Topics :
What are the 21st century nuclear threats?
What are the 21st century nuclear monitoring challenges?
What are the implications for seismology and geodynamics?
research to improve nuclear monitoring capabilities?
This document gives an overview of the Nuclear Threats and a little history into the changed reality that we are facing with having a shift from the
cold war (Soviet Union, China) to the ‘enemy within” (terrorists)
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During the cold war, priority was given to threats posed by the Soviet Union.
Current expectations are that a cold war-like strategic confrontation with a nuclear peer adversary is unlikely in the near future. It is also
commonly assumed that the United States has conventional superiority and would prevail in the event of a
major conventional war. One rationale for maintaining some of the capabilities developed to counter the traditional nuclear and large conventional war
threats is that they make it difficult for potential adversaries to become peer adversaries, as would not be the
case, for example, if the United States had a much smaller nuclear posture.
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The United States has faced nuclear threats for a half-century. These threats have changed, necessitating new approaches for nuclear monitoring. The
slides that follow outline the evolution of nuclear threats within each of the four types
of strategic challenges.
Interesting on PDF page 10 document page 6
included ‘civil war’
next to terrorism
about the 'civil war':
Can we conclude that there will be a satellite monitoring system in place for the all citizens? Hello !!! This document is about nuclear threats. Last
time I looked in the shops I didn’t notice any ‘dirty bombs’ for sale….
The last pages of the show uncover:
The Potential Implications for Seismology and
This slide show has a ‘faint’ connection to the Vela Incident therefore links to some of the other FOIA Documents:
FOIA: MIT's semi-annual technical report on seismic data center progress
FOIA: Defense Technical Intelligence Report for the 22 Sep 1979 Vela Satellite
FOIA: Sandia Laboratories report on the Sep 22, 1979 Vela satellite event - Alert
FOIA: Detection of Regional Seismic Events using a Small Broadband Array
[edit on 30-11-2007 by frozen_snowman]