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How to Counter WMD

How to Counter WMD

Book Chapter, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, McGraw-Hill

April 2007

Author: Ashton B. Carter, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project, Harvard & Stanford Universities

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Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Preventive Defense Project

 

ABSTRACT

In Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism, Brigadier General (Retired) Russell Howard and Dr. James Forest have collected original and previously published seminal articles and essays by scientists, academics, government officials, and members of the nation's security and intelligence communities. The editors and several of the authors write from practical field experience in nonproliferation and counterterrorism efforts. Others have had significant responsibility for developing government policies to address the threat of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. The contributors include a majority of the significant names in the field including Ashton Carter, Bruce Hoffman, Brian Jenkins, Jonathan Tucker, Rohan Gunaratna, David Franz, Richard Betts, William Rosenau, and David Albright.

Unit One of the book introduces key terms and addresses important strategic and policy debates. Authors explain how the new forms of terrorism affect the post-9/11 security environment and introduce the notion that weapons of mass destruction could give terrorists short-term, asymmetric attack advantages over conventional military forces.

Unit Two offers detailed accounts of the characteristics, availability, and dangers of specific types of WMD, along with four case studies that associate theory with practice -- an important feature of this volume.

Unit Three deals with past, present, and future national and international responses to -- and defenses against -- the threat of WMD terrorism. And in the final section of the volume, authors predict future WMD threats and seek to draw on past events and mistakes in order to identify lessons and strategies for the future.

Appendices include a primer on bioterrorism and fact sheets on chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Other Chapters in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism:

 

For more information about this publication please contact the PDP Associate Director at 617-495-1412.

For Academic Citation:

Carter, Ashton B., Eds. Russell Howard and James Forest. "How to Counter WMD." Chap. 4.1 in Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. New York: McGraw-Hill, April 2007.

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