The Resource America's Achilles' heel : nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack, Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer

America's Achilles' heel : nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack, Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer

Label
America's Achilles' heel : nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack
Title
America's Achilles' heel
Title remainder
nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack
Statement of responsibility
Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book focuses on the vulnerability of all open societies to loss of life from the covert or terrorist delivery of nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. The passing of the Soviet threat has changed the nature of the mass-destruction threat to U.S. cities, making it necessary to update the strategic assumptions of defense policy. Nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) weapons share three characteristics: immense lethality, portability, and accessibility. A covert NBC attack could be carried out in peacetime or during war, and could target civilians, military forces, or infrastructure. The defining element of a covert attack is that the weapon is delivered against its target in a manner that cannot readily be distinguished from normal background traffic and activity. A covert NBC attack against the United States is a quintessential low-probability, high-consequence event. However, it is growing greater with time for three key reasons. These weapons are becoming more accessible to a wider range of groups. The predominance of military forces and the virtual invulnerability of the homeland to direct military attack leave international adversaries with few options other than unconventional threats. The nature of nonstate violence is changing in a way that strongly suggests risking NBC risks. The consequences of covert NBC attacks and terrorism are massive casualties, contamination, panic, degraded response capabilities, economic damage, loss of strategic position, and social-psychological damage and political change. Recommendations to reduce the vulnerability of the United States included establishing an NBC response center; reinvigorating the intelligence community, improving the detection of small-scale NBC weapons programs; and improving capability for post-attack attribution
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DLC
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Falkenrath, Richard A
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6432
LC item number
.F35 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2002 M-336
  • HV 6432
NLM item number
F192a 1998
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1966-
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  • Newman, Robert D.
  • Thayer, Bradley A
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  • Nuclear terrorism
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical terrorism
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Chemical warfare
  • Biological warfare
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorisme
  • Armes de destruction massive
  • Terrorisme nucléaire
  • Bioterrorisme
  • Armes chimiques
  • Terrorism
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical Warfare
  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Public Policy
  • Terrorisme
  • Kernwapens
  • Chemische wapens
  • Biologische wapens
  • Nationale veiligheid
  • TERRORISM
  • NUCLEAR TERRORISM
  • CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE
  • BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS USE
  • UNITED STATES
  • Internationaler Terrorismus
  • ABC-Waffen
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical terrorism
  • Nuclear terrorism
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • USA
  • United States
Label
America's Achilles' heel : nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack, Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chap. 1. The covert NBC threat in historical perspective -- Chap. 2. NBC acquisition and covert delivery : technical possibilities and technical constraints -- Chap. 3. The threat of nuclear, biological, or chemical attack by non-state actors -- Chap. 4. The threat of nuclear, biological, or chemical attack by states -- Chap. 5. Recommendations : an agenda for the American government -- Chap. 6. Conclusion -- Acronyms -- Index -- About the Robert and Renee Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 354 p.
Isbn
9780262561181
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
98017401
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38856210
  • (OCoLC)ocm38856210
Label
America's Achilles' heel : nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism and covert attack, Richard A. Falkenrath, Robert D. Newman, and Bradley A. Thayer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chap. 1. The covert NBC threat in historical perspective -- Chap. 2. NBC acquisition and covert delivery : technical possibilities and technical constraints -- Chap. 3. The threat of nuclear, biological, or chemical attack by non-state actors -- Chap. 4. The threat of nuclear, biological, or chemical attack by states -- Chap. 5. Recommendations : an agenda for the American government -- Chap. 6. Conclusion -- Acronyms -- Index -- About the Robert and Renee Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xxvi, 354 p.
Isbn
9780262561181
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
98017401
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)38856210
  • (OCoLC)ocm38856210

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