Biological Weapons: From the Invention of State-sponsored Programs to Contemporary Bioterrorism

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Columbia University Press, 2005 - Political Science - 258 pages
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Until the events of September 11 and the anthrax attacks of 2001, biological weapons had never been a major public concern in the United States. Today, the possibility of their use by terrorists against Western states looms large as an international security concern. In Biological Weapons, Jeanne Guillemin provides a highly accessible and compelling account of the circumstances under which scientists, soldiers, and statesmen were able to mobilize resources for extensive biological weapons programs and also analyzes why such weapons, targeted against civilians, were never used in a major conflict.

This book is essential for understanding the relevance of the historical restraints placed on the use of biological weapons for today's world. It serves as an excellent introduction to the problems biological weapons pose for contemporary policymakers and public officials, particularly in the United States. How can we best deter the use of such weapons? What are the resulting policies of the Department of Homeland Security? How can we constrain proliferation? Jeanne Guillemin wisely points out that these are vitally important questions for all Americans to consider and investigate -- all the more so because the development of these weapons has been carried out under a veil of secrecy, with their frightening potential open to exploitation by the media and government. Public awareness through education can help calm fears in today's tension-filled climate and promote constructive political action to reduce the risks of a biological weapons catastrophe.

Biological Weapons is required reading for every concerned citizen, government policymaker, public health official, and national security analyst who wants to understand this complex and timely issue.

  

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Contents

BIOLOGICAL AGENTS AND DISEASE TRANSMISSION
20
THE UNITED KINGDOM AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE The Remorseless Advance of Military Science
40
THE UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR II Industrial Scale and Secrecy
57
SECRET SHARING AND THE JAPANESE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM 19341945
75
AIMING FOR NUCLEAR SCALE The Cold War and the US Biological Warfare Program
92
THE NIXON DECISION
112
THE SOVIET BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM
131
BIOTERRORISM AND THE THREAT OF PROLIFERATION
148
NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS THREAT
167
BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS Restraints Against Proliferation
186
NOTES
207
INDEX
243
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Jeanne Guillemin is professor of sociology at Boston College and senior fellow in the Security Studies Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of Anthrax: The Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak.

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