- Title Pages
- 1 Introduction: Worrying about WMD Terrorism
- 2 Profiling the WMD Terrorist Threat
- 3 Technologies of Evil: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons
- 4 The New Bioweapons: Infectious and Engineered Diseases
- 5 The Indispensable Technology: Detectors for Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical WMD
- 6 Securing America’s Borders and Ports
- 7 Setting Priorities: Assessing Threats and Identifying Cost-Effective Responses to WMD Terrorism
- 8 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Are Our Political Institutions Adapting?
- 9 Responding to WMD Terrorism Threats: The Role of Insurance Markets
- 10 The Fire Next Time: Managing Large Urban Fires
- 11 Public Health Preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons
- 12 Recovering from Nuclear and Radiological Attacks
- 13 Remediation Following Chemical and Biological Attacks
- 14 Estimating the Economic Impacts of WMD Attacks
- 15 Squeezing Value from Homeland Security Research: Designing Better R&D Incentives
- 16 Fear Itself: Predicting and Managing Public Response to a WMD Attack
- 17 Preventing WMD Terrorism
- 18 Summing Up
- Table of Abbreviations
- Selected Web Sites
- (p.511) 18 Summing Up
- WMD Terrorism
Stephen M. Maurer
- The MIT Press
This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It argues that scholars have learned a great deal about WMD terrorism in the years since September 11. However imperfect, the current understanding of WMD terrorism already offers U.S. leaders powerful levers for making society safer and happier.
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