The threat posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD), whether nuclear, radiological, chemical, or biological, is the number-one topic of concern for the intelligence community, first responders, policymakers, and myriad non-governmental organizations—and many members of the general public. This authoritative reference will serve all of those parties by covering the full spectrum of mass-casualty weapons. The guide will not only enable people to educate themselves, but also to separate the truth from the spurious information that abounds.
The book offers an A-to-Z listing of major topics, making finding information about concepts, scientific theories, and realities of WMD fast and easy. While the framework of WMD goes back centuries, the major focus of this reference is on weapons that date from the use of chemical warfare in World War I. The book also covers WMD from the early nuclear era (World War II), the Cold War, and the present (Syria, North Korea, etc.). Each entry is written in a clear, accessible style and includes crucial background information, making this book an essential resource for both lay readers and specialists. Armed with this portable database, readers will have the confidence to deal with, discuss, or write about WMD of all kinds based on an understanding of relevant concepts, policies, and scientific fundamentals.
- Includes a comprehensive A-to-Z listing and discussion of significant weapons of mass destruction in their historical and present-day contexts
- Offers straightforward narratives that place these threats into a practical framework
- Presents the most crucial aspects about each WMD topic, distilling decades of research and analysis
- Features non-technical discussions of the fundamental concepts as well as the basic science concerning each WMD threat
- Analyzes the real and perceived threats of WMD from their beginnings in World War I into the future
- Provides primary source documents, including a full listing of Australia Group export controlled substances, technologies, and biological agents