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dc.contributor.advisorTucker, David C.
dc.contributor.authorMaurus, Jonathon R.
dc.contributor.authorOrtiz, Jeccel O.
dc.contributor.authorHaytasingh, Michael R.
dc.dateDec-13
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-18T23:39:07Z
dc.date.available2014-02-18T23:39:07Z
dc.date.issued2013-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/38975
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyzes the attempts of three groups (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, Aum Shinrikyo, and al Qaeda) to acquire, use, and deploy chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons. Terrorist groups seeking a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) capability face numerous constraints such as intent to acquire/manufacture and/or use a WMD, recruiting the essential personnel with expertise in WMDs, obtaining the necessary materials, having access to the necessary facilities, and being able to make the technological leap in creating a delivery system. These constraints have severely limited most terrorist groups from pursuing a WMD capability; however, there are a few groups that made some effort to overcome these constraints, groups like the LTTE, Aum Shinrikyo, and al Qaeda. Each sought to realize this goal of achieving a WMD capability. The current situation in Syria may present an opportunity for terrorist groups to circumvent particular aspects of the constraints already mentioned, making it easier for them to develop a WMD capability.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/liberationtigers1094538975
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleLiberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, Aum Shinrikyo, Al Qaeda, and the Syrian crisis: nonstate actors acquiring WMDen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderFreeman, Michael E.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorWeapons of mass destruction (WMD)en_US
dc.subject.authorchemicalen_US
dc.subject.authorbiologicalen_US
dc.subject.authorradiologicalen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear (CBRN) terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorLTTEen_US
dc.subject.authorAum Shinrikyoen_US
dc.subject.authoral Qaedaen_US
dc.subject.authorSyriaen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceMaster Sergeant, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Science In Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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