This collection consists of reports issued between 2002 and 2006 covering nuclear weapons, arms control, and weapons of mass destruction. The collection focuses on several major topics: the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea, Iran, India, and Pakistan, and the diplomatic approaches to these four countries; the continued debate over the creation of a missile defense system for the United States; nuclear nonproliferation; chemical and biological weapons; and the Antiballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.
The first reports in the collection were issued just four months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. Several of the reports from 2002 consider the topic of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
The Special Studies Series consists of reports published by U.S. government departments and agencies, U.S. military academies and advanced training schools, and from other organizations that conducted research under contract to the federal government.