In This Review

The Nuclear Weapons Industry
The Nuclear Weapons Industry
By Kenneth A. Bertsch and Linda S. Shaw
Investor Responsibility Research Center, 1984, 405 pp

The authors have culled considerable information on the 26 leading producers of U.S. weapons and equipment that contribute to our nuclear posture without falling into the snare of attributing all the nation's ills to "the military-industrial complex." With a number of major weapons systems ready for production, the nuclear weapons industry is said to be "poised for growth"; yet this may be disappointing in the longer term because of budgetary pressures, heightened public concern about nuclear weapons, and possible progress in arms control. The report takes up the difficult issue of planning for conversion of military-producing industries to civilian-oriented manufacturing, recognizing the problems involved.