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Transcendental terrorism and dirty bombs : radiological weapons threat revisited, by Chad Brown

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Transcendental terrorism and dirty bombs : radiological weapons threat revisited
Title
Transcendental terrorism and dirty bombs
Title remainder
radiological weapons threat revisited
Statement of responsibility
by Chad Brown
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This paper analyzes the potential for terrorists to employ radiological weapons against the United States and makes recommendations for countering the gaps in security that terrorists will exploit while embarking on such an endeavor. The paper's primary hypothesis is that radiological dispersion devices, contrary to popular contemporary analysis, possess extreme lethal potential. When combined with the prevalent trend for terrorists to maximize the death and destruction associated with their attacks, radiological dispersion devices, unlike other weapons of mass destruction, offer a unique opportunity as radioactive material is readily available and requires unsophisticated technology and knowledge to weaponize. A fictional scenario backed by calculations is used to demonstrate the lethal potential of a series of covert attacks employing radiological weapons. The paper analyzes the motivations for why terrorists are willing to use weapons of mass destruction and why radiological weapons are a more likely candidate for employment over nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Additionally, the relative ease with which radiological weapons of this nature can be fabricated and the ready availability of appropriate radioactive sources is explained. Finally, the paper concludes that securing the life cycle of radioactive sources through legislation, regulation, and international agreements is the best method for preventing terrorists access to those radioactive sources which are most dangerous and capable of weaponization. However, the paper also concludes that any legislative, regulatory, or agreement based solution will not protect the public in the near term and a nationwide system of radiation detectors is proposed as a possible solution for interdicting radiological weapons before they reach their targeted destination
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DTICE
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Brown, Chad
Government publication
federal national government publication
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Air University (U.S.)
Series statement
Occasional paper
Series volume
no. 54
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  • Nuclear terrorism
  • Dirty bombs
  • Radioactive substances
  • Radioactive pollution
Label
Transcendental terrorism and dirty bombs : radiological weapons threat revisited, by Chad Brown
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 22, 2008)
  • "February 2006."
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17591902
Extent
viii, 61 pages
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
System details
Mode of access: Internet from the Air University web site. Address as of 9/22/08: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cst/csat54.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Transcendental terrorism and dirty bombs : radiological weapons threat revisited, by Chad Brown
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 22, 2008)
  • "February 2006."
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17591902
Extent
viii, 61 pages
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
System details
Mode of access: Internet from the Air University web site. Address as of 9/22/08: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cst/csat54.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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