Nuclear Terrorism

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Nova Publishers, 2002 - Political Science - 64 pages
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Many believe that terrorists could cause more deaths and destruction with nuclear weapons than by any other means. The United States and the world community have tried for decades to avoid that spectre through the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty of 1970, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-242), the Nunn-Lugar Co-operative Threat Reduction Program, and many other measures. Many have called the attention to the problem; websites with current resources include the Nuclear Control Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the centre for Non-proliferation Studies. In the wake of the September 11 attack, the nuclear threat has taken a new urgency. This book addresses potential terrorist capabilities.

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Nuclear Terrorism
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Nuclear Smuggling and International Terrorism Issues and Options for US Policy
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Nuclear Powerplants Vulnerability to Terrorist Attack
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Page 43 - current nonproliferation programs in the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and related agencies have achieved impressive results thus far but their limited mandate and funding fell short of what is required to address adequately the threats.
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Page 15 - The most urgent unmet national security threat to the United States today is the danger that weapons of mass destruction or weapons-usable...
Page 15 - A Report Card on the Department of Energy's Nonproliferation Programs, with Russia...
Page 6 - A terrorist group using stolen or diverted fission material, having general technical competence but lacking direct weapon design experience, could probably build a weapon up to several kilotons. This weapon would be large and heavy, certainly not the often-discussed "suitcase bomb," so is likely to be transported in a van or small truck, with threatened detonation either in the street or the parking garage of a building. Because of the locations and yield of this weapon, its effects will be much...
Page 34 - ... because the technical issues involved are substantially less complex and also because the Russian partners (the Navy and its regulatory oversight authority) are "highly motivated, constructive, and flexible participants in the program."48 45 MPC&A Strategic Plan, pi 46 Oleg Bukharin et. al., Renewing the Partnership: Recommendations for Accelerated Action to Secure Nuclear Material in the Former Soviet Union. Princeton, NJ: Russian-American Nuclear Security Agency (RANSAC), 2000, p. 10. With...
Page 29 - ... little indication that al Qaeda's efforts to acquire ingredients of either a nuclear bomb or radiological device were successful. In the wake of successive US military operations in Afghanistan, more than 110 government buildings, military compounds, terrorist camps, safe houses, and caves have been * US Department of State, International Information Programs. 'Text: IAEA Cites Inadequate Control of the World's Radioactive Materials.
Page 16 - November 2000, p. 10. 3 Valentin Tikhonov. Russia's Nuclear and Missile Complex: The Human Factor in Proliferation.
Page 11 - The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002...
Page 29 - ... well-documented. An al Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan in March 2002 told US interrogators that the organization had planned on developing RDDs. Another member of the organization, who was captured in Chicago last May, was accused of "exploring a plan" to build and detonate RDDs in the United States.36 Terrorists have some history of deploying such devices.

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