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Acheson-Lilienthal Report

Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy

The 1946 Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy (also known as the Acheson-Lilienthal Report) discussed issues of nuclear weapons, warfare, and safeguards. The report was produced by the Secretary of State's Committee on Atomic Energy headed by Dean Acheson and David Lilienthal, and was written in large part by the scientist Robert Oppenheimer.

President Trumen appointed Bernard Baruch to bring the plan to the United Nations and Baruch modified the report; the U.S. Department of State includes memos on these modifications.

Summary and full text of report and press releases available from Alsos Digital Library for Nuclear Issues:

This historic 60 page report, released in March 1946, was prepared to inform the United States government and the United Nations of problems associated with the control of atomic energy and to suggest a plan for solving those problems. It was prepared for the U.S. Department of State by a five member board of consultants appointed by Secretary of State Dean Acheson. As stated in the foreword, the report was "not intended as a final plan but a place to begin, a foundation on which to build" (p. III). It contains a detailed analysis of the question of international control and proposes an international agency, an Atomic Development Authority, that would emphasize the development of atomic energy rather than its control. The report calls for a stepwise implementation beginning with an international survey of raw materials and some disclosure of nuclear information. The last step calls for the United States to surrender its nuclear monopoly.

 

 

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