Weapon of Mass Destruction

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Weapon of Mass Destruction

Any weapon designed to kill human beings in exceptionally large numbers. Examples include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. International agreements limit the spread of these weapons and they are rarely used in practice. However, they remain a significant political risk in some parts of the world.
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12) This national strategy declared that terrorist groups were pursing WMD capabilities through "rogue states" that were developing or had the capability to produce NBC weapons.
The third generation peaked with the use of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and continued with four decades of arms control efforts attempting to restrict and roll back the use of NBC weapons against both combatants and noncombatants.
The assessment of likely Iraqi use of NBC weapons was found in early drafts of the September dossier by JIC Chair John Scarlett.
Since Ultimate Security was published in late 2003, three dramatic developments have occurred: the failure to find NBC weapons in Iraq, calling into question the administration's rationale for preemptive war; Libya's decision to abandon its nuclear and chemical weapons programs, raising hopes that proliferation in the Middle East region might be reversed; and the revelation that Pakistani nuclear scientist A.
While several rogue states are well on the road to acquiring NBC weapons and delivery technology, there is increasing concern that America's intelligence services--the nation's primary means of detecting emerging threats--may not be capable of providing early warning of new security dangers arising from such developments.
One therefore has to wonder whether Falkenrath et al's call for $1 billion to be allocated annually to deal with the NBC terrorist and covert attack threat will really help matters or make them worse by pumping more money into an already oversized NBC weapons bureaucracy.
with NBC weapons, attack by unconventional delivery means, such as terrorism, is possible.
It assumed that nuclear weapons are only one of the capabilities that can address threats from proliferation of NBC weapons and ballistic missiles.
We know that in the 20th century NBC weapons were used in warfare.
Thus, while arms-control and export-control regimes can be helpful in retarding and raising the cost of obtaining NBC weapons, states that are sufficiently motivated and possess adequate resources will probably succeed if they persist.
The term consequence management, under the counterproliferation strategy, addresses both the long-term remediation of contaminated terrain and military equipment to preincident conditions and support to coalition allies whose governments request official US military support to respond to the use of NBC weapons in their country.
The United States discovered many vulnerabilities in its defensive capabilities during the Gulf War, particularly against NBC weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems.