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ERIC Number: ED177966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Difficulties in Determining If Nuclear Training of Foreigners Contributes to Weapons Proliferation. Report by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Appropriations.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) conclusion that it is impossible to determine the contribution of U.S. nuclear training of foreigners to the spread of nuclear weapons is presented. The GAO position is that there is no way to ascertain the true intentions of foreign nationals being trained or the motivations of their countries. Issues warranting further study are cited, and an overview of nuclear training is provided including such areas as U.S. policy and the availability of weapons-related data. The role of U.S. government facilities in training foreigners and alien participation in U.S. nuclear research is examined. Nuclear training at U.S. universities is explored including a survey of courses offered relevant to nuclear weapons and the government's role in admitting foreign students and supporting collegiate nuclear activities. Also discussed are industry-sponsored training programs available to foreign nationals and the training activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Among the conclusions listed is the finding that over a 22-year period only a relatively small number of foreigners received training related to the key nuclear technologies. Among appendices are a brief description of early formal training courses available to foreigners at Atomic Energy Commission facilities and a description of selected university courses in nuclear-related fields. (PHR)
Descriptors: Atomic Theory, College Students, Educational Policy, Foreign Nationals, Foreign Students, Government Role, Higher Education, Military Science, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Warfare, Nuclear Weapons, Political Power, Research Projects, Statistical Data, Technology Transfer, Universities
General Accounting Office, DHISF, Box 6015, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20760 (Free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Appropriations.
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Appropriations.
Identifiers: Atomic Energy Commission; International Atomic Energy Agency