Policy ForumSECURITY

Microchallenges of Chemical Weapons Proliferation

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Science  12 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5737, pp. 1021
DOI: 10.1126/science.1112445

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Advances in microprocess technology within the chemical industry will challenge chemical weapons nonproliferation efforts. Meeting this challenge is especially difficult because of the potential of this technology to revolutionize chemical manusfacturing for beneficial applications. The author of this Policy Forum strongly recommends discussions between scientists and diplomats at the early stages of development; these are crucial to nonproliferation and international security.