Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: The Current Situation and Trends [Updated August 10, 2001] [open pdf - 238KB]
Nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons (NBCW) pose the most serious threats to the United States and its foreign interests. Ballistic and cruise missiles, aircraft, covert forces, and terrorist groups are considered possible means of delivering these weapons of mass destruction. U.S. and allied policy makers debate the rate of proliferation and the nature and extent of the threat to the United States and its allies, and the weapons' effects on international stability. The purpose of this paper is to assemble current information on the status of weapons programs around the globe and analyze patterns regarding the threats posed by these weapons.
CRS Report for Congress, RL30699