Wmd Proliferation: Reforming the Security Sector to Meet the Threat

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 362 pages
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The threat of terrorists using WMD is not new, but the current expansion of these groups regional networks means that no state can consider itself immune from the threat of terrorist attack or proliferation activity. States must make improvements in their security sectors to prevent the future use of WMD by terrorists. "WMD Proliferation" is the first book to address how nations should reform their security sectors to counter the threat of WMD use by terrorists. Schreier evaluates the likelihood that terrorists will use each type of WMD and examines the tactical, strategic, and ideological issues involved with each type. He analyzes why terrorists have not used unconventional weapons more than they have, and concludes that the answer lies in understanding both the terrorists capabilities and motives and how both factors limit the likelihood of terrorist attacks with unconventional weapons. Schreier also presents a list of criteria that a state must meet to be optimally prepared and organized to counter threats posed by the proliferation of WMD, terrorism, and organized crime. "WMD Proliferation" will be of interest to legislators, policymakers, scholars, students in the field of international security and international relations, and anyone concerned about intelligence and terrorism policy."

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Guide to Abbreviations
The WMD Threat
1Weapons of Mass Destruction
2Nuclear Weapons
3Chemical Biological and Toxin Weapons
4Chemical Weapons
5Biological and Toxin Weapons
11National Interests and National Security Policy
12The Modern Security Sector
13Homeland Defense Critical National Infrastructure and Emergency Preparedness
14International and Interagency Collaboration
Appendix A
Appendix B

6Radiological Weapons
Reforming the Security Sector
7Preparing the Security Sector for the Preeminent Threats
8Centralizing National Security Decision Making
9Transforming the Intelligence Services
Selected Bibliography
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Fred Schreier is a consultant with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. A retired colonel, he has served in various command and general staff positions and in different functions in the Swiss Ministry of Defense as a senior civil servant. He is a graduate in international relations of the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationals, Geneva, and in strategic studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He lives in Geneva, Switzerland.

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