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Assuring destruction forever: 2015 edition

This updated study explores the ongoing and planned nuclear weapon modernization programmes in China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


ADF-2015-coverAs of April 2015, the nuclear-armed states are estimated to possess approximately 15,650 nuclear weapons. All of them have plans to modernise—upgrade and / or extend the lives of—their nuclear weapons. In Assuring destruction forever: 2015 edition, non-governmental researchers and analysts provide information on each country’s modernisation plans. There are eight country chapters chock full of detailed information about nuclear weapon programmes and policies.

Edited by Ray Acheson

Published in April 2015 by Reaching Critical Will, a programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Full report
Introduction Ray Acheson
Executive summary
China Hui Zhang
France Hans Kristensen
India M.V. Ramana
Israel Merav Datan
Pakistan Zia Mian
Russian Federation Pavel Podvig
United Kingdom John Ainslie
United States Greg Mello and Trish Williams-Mello
About the authors

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