Evaluating strategies for countering nuclear-armed terrorist groups.
Fogarty, Jeff J.
Yost, David S.
Wirtz, James J.
MetadataShow full item record
A number of recent studies have concluded that the United States is vulnerable to attack from terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Depending on the circumstances, a terrorist attack with nuclear or radiological weapons could cause more destruction and casualties than one with other types of WMD. Four strategies for improving U.S. capabilities to counter nuclear or radiological terrorism are often proposed: (1) to improve intelligence capabilities to gain better knowledge of terrorist intentions and capabilities; (2) to improve security measures in nuclear facilities throughout the former Soviet Union (FSU) and elsewhere, so terrorists will have more difficulty acquiring nuclear materials; (3) to deter terrorists from conducting nuclear or radiological attacks, particularly in the United States; and (4) to improve America's response capabilities to terrorists that have already acquired nuclear or radiological weapons. This thesis evaluates current U.S. capabilities and activities in each of these areas and provides recommendations for improving America's counter-terrorism strategies to defend against terrorists armed with nuclear or radiological weapons.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Gomez, Jaime (Monterey California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2005-09);In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the issue of political violence expressed via mass destruction has raised security concerns to an unprecedented degree not seen since the end of the Cold War. As a principal ...
Dubay, Anthony R. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2010-03);The threat of radiological attack against the United States is viewed as credible, imminent, and capable of inflicting lasting negative impacts on domestic society. The United States is pursuing detection/denial and public ...
Woods, Matthew E. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1996-09);WMD terrorism is a new concern. The United States is preparing for the possibility of terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, but the scope of these preparations is too narrow. This thesis ...