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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However, we may be witnessing the beginning of a growth jump for A-B resulting from a combination of factors, not the least of which is a more effective use of one of its most powerful strategic weapons - its wholesale network.
The third category of agents comprised the highly transmissible agents smallpox and plague, which were categorized as strategic weapons and destined for use against enemy population centers.
Myth 3: START II will eliminate Russia's most destabilizing strategic weapon, the "heavy" SS-18 ICBM.
Increasingly demanding customers, globalization, ever-increasing market velocity, and pressure for new sources of innovation require strategic weapons in today's business environment.
We have a 50 year partnership with the Navy supporting strategic weapons systems and this award is a validation of our team's performance in supporting the modernization and enhancement of the Trident program," said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
SSP is responsible for the Strategic Weapons System (SWS) deployed aboard Ohio-class and United Kingdom (UK) Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs).
Indias assumptions have been that Pakistan has only strategic weapons which it cannot use operationally and certainly not in the battlefield.
Doomsday delayed; USAF strategic weapons doctrine and SIOP-62, 1959-1962; two cautionary tales.
So we are now faced with the possibility that the whole justification for the war rested on the subtle difference between tactical and strategic weapons.
Strategic weapons, on the other hand, are those that take the war deep into the enemy's homeland and are likely to have an effect on the outcome of the war as a whole.
The Foreign Ministry says Moscow has reduced its stockpile of strategic weapons to levels required by the START-1 arms control treaty signed by the US and the Soviet Union in 1991.
North Korea accused the United States, Japan and South Korea of threatening Pyongyang by targeting strategic weapons at the country, the (North) Korea Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

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