Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Ronald C. Kramer

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Caulfield

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Friday

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objectives of this research are (1) to identify the characteristics of the environmental law violations committed during the production of nuclear weapons, (2) to identify the historical forces and events which have contributed to those violations, and (3) to use data on the illegal acts of the nuclear weapons production complex to help adjudicate between a number of competing explanations of the causes of organizational crime.

This research, a qualitative, socio-historical case study, found that a historical and structural level of analysis is best equipped to explain the causes of the weapons production complex's criminality. The conclusion of this study is that the crimes of the weapons complex were caused by the interplay of historical exigencies and geo-political necessitations.

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