Physical Model and Acquisition Path Analysis: Applicability to Nuclear Disarmament Verification

  • Irmgard NiemeyerEmail author
  • Joshua Rutkowski
  • Gotthard Stein


This chapter describes how a systems based approach to physical model and acquisition path analysis may be used for nuclear disarmament studies by expanding the physical model to include both civilian and military nuclear domains and extending the model to the final stage of weapon deployment. The results show how such an approach may contribute to future treaty design and implementation. The approach shows the principal applicability of this concept to evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of verification activities in countries with commercial and military fuel cycles and activities. This chapter also demonstrates how other verification regimes, specifically biological weapons, may also be evaluated using a systems based approach to acquisition path analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irmgard Niemeyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joshua Rutkowski
    • 1
  • Gotthard Stein
    • 2
  1. 1.Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany
  2. 2.ConsultantBonnGermany

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