Anatomy of a Project to Produce a First Nuclear Weapon

  title={Anatomy of a Project to Produce a First Nuclear Weapon},
  author={Robert C. Harney and Gerald G. Brown and Matthew Carlyle and Eric M. Skroch and Kevin Wood},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
  pages={163 - 182}
We describe the industrial project that a “proliferator” would conduct to produce a first, small batch of nuclear weapons. From refining yellowcake ore to final weapons assembly, we highlight the project's tasks and their interactions. The proliferator can choose alternative production technologies that offer quicker completion, but at higher cost in terms of limited resources. The proliferator can also expedite his project by devoting more resources to critical tasks. From physics and… 

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