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WMD Terrorism: Science and Policy Choices

Stephen M. Maurer


Terrorism by means of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has been studied for decades — since the Cold War and fears of secret agents with suitcase-sized atomic bombs. Although WMD research has accelerated since September 11, 2001, much of this scholarship is hard to find, forcing nonspecialists to fall back on gut instinct and Beltway clichés. This book provides a review of what scientists and scholars know about WMD terrorism and America’s options for confronting it. It also identifies multiple instances in which the conventional wisdom is incomplete or misleading. It provides multidisciplina ... More

Keywords: terrorism, Cold War, secret agents, atomic bombs, WMD, September 11, terrorist incentives, chemical weapons, sensor technologies, terrorist threats

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012980
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012980.001.0001


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Stephen M. Maurer, editor

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2 Profiling the WMD Terrorist Threat

Jeffrey M. Bale, and Gary A. Ackerman

4 The New Bioweapons: Infectious and Engineered Diseases

George W. Rutherford, and Stephen M. Maurer

6 Securing America’s Borders and Ports

Michael Nacht, and Blas Pérez Henríquez

10 The Fire Next Time: Managing Large Urban Fires

Stephen M. Maurer, Jason C. Christopher, and Michael Thompson

12 Recovering from Nuclear and Radiological Attacks

Christine Hartmann Siantar, Tammy P. Taylor, and C. Norman Coleman

13 Remediation Following Chemical and Biological Attacks

Ellen Raber, Tina Carlsen, and Robert Kirvel

14 Estimating the Economic Impacts of WMD Attacks

Peter Gordon, Bumsoo Lee, James E. Moore II, Qisheng Pan, JiYoung Park, and Harry W. Richardson

17 Preventing WMD Terrorism

Deborah Yarsike Ball, Lucy M. Hair, Thomas McVey, and Michael Nacht

18 Summing Up

Stephen M. Maurer