A new Congressional Research Service Report has been published which deals with Small Scale Terrorist Attacks using Chemical or Biological Agents.
The report details attacks which although not initially causing mass casualties, could cause massive disruption.
The term "weapons of mass destruction," like "terrorism," is
often used as a rhetorical blunderbuss rather than to achieve
strategic clarity. There are so many qualitatively distinct
technologies and substances that qualify as WMD that basic
differences between threats of global apocalypse and minor
hazards which may result in few or no casualties are obscured.
A new report from the Congressional Research Service attempts
to unpack this loaded term and to evaluate some of its diverse
components, focusing on the potential for small-scale
terrorist attacks involving the use of chemical and biological
See "Small-scale Terrorist Attacks Using Chemical and
Biological Agents: An Assessment Framework and Preliminary
Comparisons" by Dana A. Shea and Frank Gottron, Congressional
Research Service, May 20, 2004 (89 pages, 750 KB PDF file):
This report details everything you always wanted to know about the dangers of Chem/Bio terrorist attacks and is an essential research tool for all
students of Chemical and Biological Warfare.
The report can be found here.
[edit on 8-6-2004 by John bull 1]