Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 2, 2009 - History - 318 pages
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The first in-depth examination of NEST: America's super-secret government agency operating to prevent nuclear terrorist attacks.

Jeffrey T. Richelson reveals the history of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team, from the events leading to its creation in 1974 to today. Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST's personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment--employed in response to attempts at nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material, crashed nuclear-powered Soviet satellites, and al Qaeda's quest for nuclear weapons. Richelson traces the Cosmos satellite that crashed into the Canadian wilderness; nuclear threats to Los Angeles, New York, and other cities; and the surveillance of Muslim sites in the United States after 9/11. Relying on recently declassified documents and interviews with former NEST personnel, Richelson's extensive research reveals how NEST operated during the Cold War, how the agency has evolved, and its current efforts to reduce the chance of a nuclear device decimating an American city.
  

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Review: Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Awesome. A glimpse into the world we never see... Read full review

Review: Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad

User Review  - Graham - Goodreads

Richelson makes a good effort here, but part of the problem with both the book and the narrative of the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) at large is the lack of real use they've had in the four ... Read full review

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Contents

ByeBye Boston
1
Nuclear Extortion
22
Morning Light
47
A LowProfile Decade
70
Tarnished Gold
89
People Paper and Machines
109
New Enemies
123
Danger and Response
144
Foreign Travel
200
Challenges Ahead
216
US Nuclear Extortion Threats Event List 19701993
237
Abbreviations and Acronyms
241
Terminology
245
Acknowledgments
247
Notes
249
Index
303

A New Urgency
170
NEST after 911
184

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About the author (2009)

Jeffrey T. Richelson is the author of several books on intelligence, including Spying on the Bomb. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the National Security Archive. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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