nuclearWeaponStatesR Documentation

Nations with nuclear weapons

Description

Data on the 9 nuclear-weapon states as of April 2019.

Usage

data(nuclearWeaponStates)

Format

A dataframe containing :

nation

The name of the country (character). The former USSR is listed here as Russia.

ctry

ISO 31661- alpha-2 two-letter country codes (character).

firstTest

Date of first test of a nuclear weapon.

For Israel, which has not publicly acknowledged that it has nuclear weapons, this uses the Date of the Vela Incident.

firstTestYr

lubridate::decimal_date(firstTest)

yearsSinceLastFirstTest

c(NA, diff(firstTestYr))

nuclearWeapons

number of nuclear weapons

nYieldNA, nLowYield, nMidYield, nHighYield

number of weapons for which the yield in (nYieldNA) = unknown or variable, (nLowYield) = at most 15 kt (kilotons), the size of the Hiroshima bomb, (nMidYield) = greater than 15 but less that 50 kt, and (nHighYield) = at least 50 kt.

popM, popYr

popM = estimated population in millions for year popYr, per the Wikipedia article for the indicated country on 2020-02-05.

GDP_B, GDPyr

GDP_B = nominal Gross Domestic Product in billions of US dollars for year GDPyr, per the Wikipedia article for the indicated country on 2020-02-05.

Source

Overview from World Nuclear Weapon Stockpile

firstTest from Wikipedia, "List of states with nuclear weapons"

US from Hans M. Kristensen & Robert S. Norris (2018) United States nuclear forces,2018, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 74:2, 120-131, DOI: 10.1080/00963402.2018.143821

Russia from Hans M. Kristensen & Matt Korda (2019) Russian nuclear forces, 2019, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 75:2, 73-84, DOI: 10.1080/00963402.2019.1580891

UK from Robert S. Norris and Hans M. Kristensen (2013) The British nuclear stockpile, 1953-2013, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 69:4, 69-75s

France from Robert S. Norris & Hans M. Kristensen (2008) French nuclear forces, 2008, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 64:4, 52-54, 57

China from Hans M. Kristensen & Robert S. Norris (2018) Chinese nuclear forces, 2018,Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 74:4, 289-295

India from Hans M. Kristensen & Robert S. Norris (2017) Indian nuclear forces, 2017,Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 73:4, 205-209

Israel from Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris (2014) Israeli nuclear weapons, 2014, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 70:6, 97-115

Pakistan from Hans M. Kristensen, Robert S. Norris & Julia Diamond (2018)Pakistani nuclear forces, 2018, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 74:5, 348-358

North Korea from Hans M. Kristensen & Robert S. Norris (2018) North Korean nuclear capabilities, 2018, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 74:1, 41-51

Examples

data(nuclearWeaponStates)
plot(yearsSinceLastFirstTest~firstTest, 
    nuclearWeaponStates, type='h', xlab='', ylab='')
with(nuclearWeaponStates, 
  text(firstTest, yearsSinceLastFirstTest, ctry))