Links to sources on Nuclear Weapons, Ballistic Missiles, and Ballistic Missile Defense

Specific Information on Ballistic Missiles, Nuclear Weapons, and Missile Defense


Yahoo index on Ballistic Missiles




US Government, Department of Defense, Information on Iraqi SCUD Missiles

US Government, Department of Defense, IraqWatch (reference for information on Iraqi military capabilities and missile programs)

US Government, Department of Defense, Strategic Command (the US military command that operates US nuclear weapons)

Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO): The unit within the US Department of Defense that coordinates all work on National Missile Defense and Theater Missile Defense 

The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, created in 1961 to emphasize and prioritize the importance of managing and even curbing the arms race has been folded back into the State Department organization. It had been a semi-independent agency of the State Department. Now these issues (conventional, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons proliferation, the limitation and reduction of the US and Russian nuclear arsenal, confidence- and security-building measures, arms transfers and related issues) are under the authority of the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

US Congress, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report on National Missile Defense and Russia June 2002

US Congress, CRS Report on "Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles" February 2008

US Congress, CRS Report on "Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical and Missile Proliferation Sanctions: Selected Current Laws" October 2005

Cox Report (The United States House of Representatives Select Committee on US National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China). It examined the possible espionage at the US National Nuclear Labs at Los Alamos and possible leaking of sensitive information to the People's Liberation Army by US Aerospace firms.

US Government, Central Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Council, "Foreign Missile Developments and the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States Through 2015," September 1999

US Government, Review of United States Policy Toward North Korea: Findings and Recommendations," has been published in declassified form.

US National Air and Space Museum, Space Race (Not a government website)

History of the US Air Force Ballistic Missile Programs

National Security Archive, "The Secret History of the ABM Treaty, 1969-1972" (archive of declassified US government documents on the ABM Treaty)


Non-Governmental Organizations (think tanks, non-profit organizations, academic research, international advocacy groups)

Arms Control Association (ACA): Non-profit organization that watches over world military trends; it has a decidedly pro-arms control attitude

Center for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, which is one of the best sources on information on the spread of weapons of mass destruction

Federation of American Scientists, Ballistic Missile resources (think tank)

Federation of American Scientists, Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty resources (think tank)

Federation of American Scientists Arms Sales Monitor

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, World Missile Chart (the think tanks compilation of the ballistic missile resources of nations)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on nuclear weapons

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Non-profit organization that watches over world military trends

NRDC on nuclear weapons and arms control

NRDC Nuclear Stockpile Chart

NRDC on the US nuclear war plans

NRDC archive on nuclear weapon capabilities of the US and USSR/Russia

Council for a Livable World on Missile Defense

Stanley Foundation Conference On ballistic missile threat in Northeast Asia

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (journal on nuclear weapons and missile issues)

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists page on Nuclear Weapons

Acronym Institute (think tank)

Coalition to Reduce Nuclear Danger: A center-left organization that focuses on US and international nuclear weapons policy.

Union of Concerned Scientists: Center-left in its ideology and focuses on ways to reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and reign in US defense expenditures and deployments.

High Frontier Organization (organization that promotes missile defense)

Atomic Archive (private firm that produces reference CD-ROMs)

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Nuclear Files (reference organization, has audio and photographs)


General Resources where you can search for information on Nuclear Weapons, Ballistic Missiles, and Missile Defenses

United States Government

House Committee on Armed Services,

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Senate Committee on Armed Services,

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

For Congressional Hearings on various subjects go to the Government Printing Office (GPO) then click on Senate or House Committees to get to full text on-line hearings from various committees.

Congressional Research Service (CRS): Possibly the best source of information on government policy and foreign affairs comes from this, Congress' own research organization. For their reports -- excellent for research papers -- you can go a number of places: CRS Reports through the Federation of American Scientists

CRS Reports from OpenCRS.Org

Office of the Secretary of Defense: The Department of Defense is the lead department for organizing US armed forces. Civilian control of the military is maintained through the top level of the department.

Its uniformed institutional units include: the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where coordination of US military policy among the uniformed services is achieved (sometimes)

Defense Intelligence Agency: The OSDís own intelligence organization

National Security Agency (NSA): The Dept. of Defenseís organization that deals with intercepting and decoding foreign intelligence

 The US Commission of National Security (USCNS Reports): A Congressionally-funded Commission to study the future of US national security, chaired by former senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman. 


Non-Governmental Organizations (think tanks, non-profit organizations, academic research, international advocacy groups)

Links to military capabilities of foreign nations, click here

There are many non-governmental sources of information on defense issues (think tanks). Some of the best are:

Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS): attached to Georgetown University. It produces reports on national security, and is filled with ex-government officials

Brookings Institution: Non-profit organization that watches over world political trends and also includes many former government officials

American Enterprise Institute (AEI): leans conservative, but is not ideological

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO): Columbia Universityís compilation of papers, journals, web sites, and other resources on international affairs. Itís no a think tank itself, but collects information from think tanks, government, and other academic circles on international affairs and national security. You may need to use your VCU password and login to get into this system. It has a specific link to Working Papers from various think tanks and scholarly institutes.

Henry L. Stimson Center: Non-profit organization that watches over world political and military trends, in particular United nations peace operations

Nixon Center: Non-Profit organization that studies foreign and national security policy, leans toward republican ideas

Rand Corporation: US government funded think-tank, but its reports are designed to analyze government policy, not justify it. (In other words, it is honest analytically)

A cite with links to a number of think tanks is found by clicking here.

Within the US government, as part of the Department of Defense, are:

Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the US Army War College

Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) of the National Defense University. (I've given you links to their publications and links pages. The Strategic Studies Institute has the most comprehensive set of links on security and foreign affairs I've ever seen.)



Central Intelligence Agency: This is the coordinator of all US intelligence.

CIA includes including the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) which directs US satellite intelligence capabilities

The president is advised on intelligence matters by the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB).


Professional Organizations

American Political Science Association (APSA): The professional organization for Political Scientists. It has information on the discipline, careers, and research opportunities, and sponsors the major conferences on political issues

International Studies Association (ISA):The professional organization for scholars who study international issues (from art to politics). It has information on the discipline, careers, and research opportunities, and sponsors the major conferences on these issues

Association of professional Schools of International Affairs (ASPIA): An association linking schools that give undergraduate and graduate degrees in international affairs. If youíre interested in graduate school in international affairs, go here to find out more information on the best schools of this type.