Nullifying Effectiveness of Weapons of Mass Destruction (NBC) Through Integrated Land, Air, Space-Based Sensors Analysis [open pdf - 3MB]
Despite the best-combined efforts of the world's five major powers (U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia, and China), third world countries, rogue radical groups, and potential terrorist organizations continue their alarming proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) technologies. Many in the government view the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as the biggest threat to national security. This paper presents a concept for a near-future application of an integrated land, air, and space-based system of sensors, detectors, and analysis to provide critical immediate warning, reporting, and situational updates of NBC attacks. The paper then describes a concept that has a greater potential to achieve the U.S.' objective of convincing our enemies that NBC weapons will be ineffective against us. The underlying assumption is that when the U.S. and its coaltion partners develop the capability to deny or limit the effects of an enemy NBC attack and can promise a devastatingly dispropotional retaliation, then enemy weapons of mass destruction will become ineffective and the threat of their use will propotionately decline.
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