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NCJ Number: 200532 Find in a Library
Title: Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Form of Terrorism?
Author(s): Bernard Anet
Corporate Author: Spiez Laboratory
Date Published: May 2001
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Spiez Laboratory
CH-3700 Spiez, Switzerland
Sale Source: Spiez Laboratory
CH-3700 Spiez,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Switzerland
Annotation: In an attempt to assess the real potential of a nuclear terrorist threat, this paper analyzes the technical feasibility of nuclear and radiological terrorism, as well as the actors involved and their motives.
Abstract: The United States has spent billions of dollars in the fight against terrorism with about 1 billion used to counter terrorism of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) which includes chemical, biological, and nuclear terrorism. Of these WMD, radiological and nuclear terrorism have been identified as a major terrorist threat for modern societies. The question posed is whether this unprecedented effort in the fight against terrorism, specifically nuclear terrorism, is related to an imminent and real threat. Potential answers to this question are presented in this paper through an analysis of the driving factors for nuclear terrorism, the protagonists, the nature and impact of nuclear terrorism, real options available in the event of an attack, risks of nuclear terrorism, and whether nuclear terrorism is the ultimate form of terrorism. Nuclear terrorism could indeed be the ultimate form of terrorism, but it is not likely to happen. Since the probably, even though low, does exist, there must be a serious effort by the international community to address a prospective attack.
Main Term(s): Terrorism/Mass Violence
Index Term(s): Biological weapons; Domestic terrorism; National security; Nuclear terrorism; Terrorism causes; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist profiles; Terrorist weapons; Threat assessment
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