[eDebate] Distinction between Counterproliferation and non-proliferation

scottelliott at grandecom.net scottelliott
Mon Oct 16 14:00:23 CDT 2006

Just to clarify, there is a distinction etween counter-proliferation and
non-proliferation, so I think both should be included in a topic/resolution.

Fromt he U.S. Airforce counterproliferation website:

The CJCS Counterproliferation Charter defines Counterproliferation as the
following: "Counterproliferation (CP) refers to the activities of the
Department of Defense across the full range of U.S. Government efforts to
combat proliferation, including the application of military power to protect
U.S. forces and interests; intelligence collection and analysis, and support to
diplomacy, arms control, and export controls; with particular responsibility for
assuring U.S. forces and interests can be protected should they confront an
adversary armed with WMD."5 The Charter establishes a distinction between
counterproliferation from nonproliferation, in that nonproliferation is defined
as having a stronger political, diplomatic and economic dimension or emphasis.
In addition, while counterproliferation is generally defined solely as the
Department of Defense's effort to limit the spread of weapons of mass
destruction, nonproliferation activities are not limited to the Department of
Defense. Rather, nonproliferation refers to the full spectrum of foreign policy
agencies and tools available to the U.S. Government to prevent the proliferation
of WMD. The definitions employed by the National Security Council (NSC) are
similar to those of the Department of Defense. However, the NSC definition
mentions missiles along with nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.6

In U.S. doctrine, counterproliferation may be viewed as the military component
of nonproliferation, in the same way that military strategy is a component of
foreign policy. Counterproliferation refers specifically to Department of
Defense activities, both in the actual employment of military force to protect
U.S. forces, and in their support of overall U.S. nonproliferation policies and

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