Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism

ISBN-10: 0078026229
ISBN-13: 9780078026225
Edition: 2nd 2013
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Description: In WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND TERRORISM, 2/e, Dr. James Forest and Brigadier General (Retired) Russell Howard have collected original and previously published seminal articles and essays by scientists, academics, government officials, and  More...

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List price: $121.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 3/16/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

In WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND TERRORISM, 2/e, Dr. James Forest and Brigadier General (Retired) Russell Howard 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 many significant names in the field including Bruce Hoffman, Ashton Carter, William Perry, Brian Jenkins, Jonathan Tucker, Charles Ferguson, David Albright, Gary Ackerman, and Gregory Koblentz.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 how 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 five case studies that associate theory with practice—an important feature of this volume. Unit Three is focused on key dimensions of the WMD threat to critical infrastructure. Unit Four 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 provide several analytical frameworks for predicting future WMD threats, and draw from historical events to identify lessons and strategies for the future. Appendices include U.S. national strategy documents on countering terrorism and standards for controlling WMD materials and technologies.

Brigadier General (retired) Russell D. Howard is an American veteran Special Forces officer, academic, tutor, writer and counter-terrorism strategist. He was the founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point and Co-Editor of four McGraw-Hill terrorism focused books: Terrorism and Counterterrorism with Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism with Dr. James J. F. Forest, Homeland Security and Terrorism with Dr. James J. F. Forest and Lieutenant Colonel Joanne Moore, and Defeating Terrorism with Lieutenant Colonel Reid L. Sawyer.

Dr. James Forest has published over a dozen books and teaches courses on terrorism and homeland security for military, law enforcement, and civilian programs.

Foreword
Preface
Conceptual Frameworks
Introduction
Definitions, Trends, and the Concept of "New Terrorism"
The New Terrorism
The New Age of Terrorism
The Nature of the Post-9/11 WMD Terrorism Threat
CBRN Terrorism Post-9/11
Opportunities and Limitations for WMD Terrorism
WMD and Lessons from the Anthrax Attacks
Weapons and Motivations
Introduction
Chemical Weapons
National Academies and Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Chemical Warfare Agents, Industrial Chemicals, and Toxins
Chemical Terrorism: Assessing Threats and Responses
Biological Weapons
National Academies and Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Human Pathogens, Biotoxins, and Agricultural Threats
History of Biological Weapons: From Poisoned Darts to Intentional Epidemics
The Bioterror Pipeline: Big Pharma, Patent Expirations, and New Challenges to Global Security
Innovation's Darker Future: Biosecurity, Technologies of Mass Empowerment, and the Constitution
Radiological Weapons
National Academies and Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Dirty Bombs and Other Devices
Assessing Radiological Weapons: Attack Methods and Estimated Effects
Nuclear Weapons
National Academies and Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: Nuclear Weapons
The Characteristics of Nuclear Terrorist Weapons
The Seven Myths of Nuclear Terrorism
The Atomic Terrorist?
Case Studies
Unraveling the A.Q. Khan and Future Proliferation Networks
The North Caucasus Conflict and the Potential for Radiological Terrorism
Chlorine Gas: An Evolving Hazardous Material Threat and Unconventional Weapon
Critical Infrastructure Dimensions
Introduction
Public Spaces, Transportation Networks, and Other Critical Infrastructure
Assessing the Threat to Critical Infrastructure
Homeland Security & Defense Business Council Mass Transit Security
Chemical and Biological Threats
Chemical and Biological Threats against Public Water Systems
Biological Attack on Agriculture: Low-Tech, High-Impact Bioterrorism
Nuclear Reactors
Nuclear Terrorism: Reactors & Radiological Attacks after September 11
Terrorism Potential for Research Reactors Compared with Power Reactors: Nuclear Weapons, "Dirty Bombs," and Truck Bombs
Responding to the Threat
Introduction
Strategy and Policy
Proliferation Control Regimes: Background and Status
A Counter-WMD Strategy for the Future
Preemptive Military Doctrine: No Other Choice
Intelligence
Self-Defense and the Limits of WMD Intelligence
Minding Our Business: The Role of the Private Sector in Managing the WMD Supply Chain
Response and Resilience
The Day After: Action Following a Nuclear Blast in a U.S. City
Understanding Citizen Response to Disasters with Implications for Terrorism
Unique Challenges of Responding to Bioterrorism Threats and Attacks
Developing Immunity: The Challenges of Mandating Vaccinations in the Wake of a Biological Terrorist Attack
Environmental Decontamination Efforts Following a Large-Scale Bioterrorism Attack: Federal Progress and Remaining Gaps
Tracing an Attack: The Promise and Pitfalls of Microbial Forensics
Public Trust, Public Health, and Public Safety: A Progressive Response to Bioterrorism
Case Studies
Detecting and Disrupting Illicit Nuclear Trade after A.Q. Khan
Anthrax 2001: Observations on the Medical and Public Health Response
Consequence Management in the 1995 Sarin Attacks on the Japanese Subway System
An All-Hazards Training Center for a Catastrophic Emergency
Assessing the Future WMD Threat
Introduction
Predicting Peril or the Peril of Prediction? Assessing the Risk of CBRN Terrorism
Threat Convergence: A Framework for Analyzing the Potential for WMD Terrorism
Emerging WMD Technologies
Conclusion: Appreciating the Past and Present, Anticipating the Future
Appendix
Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism Report Card (January 2010)
National Strategy for Counterterrorism (June 2011)
A National Strategy for CBRNE Standards (May 2011)
Credits
Index

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