I'm with Vanguard on that one, and agree with Westy on the philosophical rubbish!
The Ohio class, as a complete standalone weapon system has to be the most powerful weapon currently in service, or ever in service. Controlled be a
couple of men, the potential to kill millions, by far the most powerful weapon system every developed.
I see biological weapons as the next most lethal, and only second to nukes due to their development being banned by international protocol, and their
self limiting nature. The Russians had a substantial development program until 1992, this is now decommissioned.
I believe the use of these weapons is self restricting, that is to say that once introduced into a population the virus cannot be easily controlled or
restrained. A virus could easily mutate, negating the affect of immunisation programs deployed by the weapon releaser, therefore risking the ultimate
Chemical weapons come third, limited by the ability to deploy the agent over a massive area via aerosol.
One book I read recently described the use of cooling systems used in ,typically American, facilities such as football stadiums and theme parks. These
cooling devices spray a fine mist of water in front of a high power fan, blowing cooling water over the crowd.
The book hypothocised that a terrorist could contaminate the water supply with either a chemical or biological agent, thus providing the perfect
weapon delivery to 1000's of people. If the agent were biological, secondary transmission could occur thus infecting many more than those present at
the event. On the other hand, nerve agents such as Sarin, VX, Cyclosarin, Tabun etc would only affect the local population who come in contact with
the vapour, secondary transmission would be unlikely due to the high volatility of these agents.
As for anti-matter weapons, they are total fantasy. Sure, anti-matter exists, but to create anywhere near enough to use as a viable weapon would take
billions of years. The Athena and Atrap experiments at CERN produced millions of antihydrogen atoms, even if you took all the antimatter ever created
at CERN and anilihated it, you would have enough power to light a 60W bulb for a couple of minutes.
To create enough to use as a WMD it would take literally billions of years! see
Two billion years to make a bomb equivalent to the hiroshima weapon.
So....nuclear weapon systems it is.