Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Pakistan Says 25,000 Guards Watching Nukes
"A special security force of 25,000 personnel, who have been specially trained and provided sophisticated weapons, has been deployed to protect (the nuclear assets)," Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said.
Dar said a marine team is now in place to protect Pakistan's nuclear holdings, and comparable units exist to safeguard shipments and react to incidents. The official did not elaborate on the groups.
Pakistan maintains a "personnel reliability program" and other systems for countering insider threats, and the nation's Strategic Plans Division has created a school for preparing these forces, he said.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
March 19, 2014
In a new Project Syndicate op-ed, NTI President Joan Rohlfing calls for leaders at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to establish a global nuclear security system.
Dec. 11, 2013
This issue brief explores the risks of accidental launch, unauthorized use or miscalculation posed by U.S. and Russian alert nuclear forces. The brief also considers various policy options, both implemented and proposed, to minimize these risks and maximize the time available to the U.S. president to decide whether or not to authorize nuclear war.
This article provides an overview of Pakistan’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.