"This handbook is designed to be an aid to the staff officer or civilian involved in the defensive planning for, or reaction to the use of weapons of mass destruction. The handbook is divided into four sections - Introduction, WMD Threat Types, U.S. Government Response Capabilities, and Consequence Management. These are followed by appendices containing various information such as terms and definitions, references, points of contact, and websites. The authors logic was to impart an understanding of the various aspects of the threat and then offer ways of dealing with the threat. The information contained in this handbook was extracted from relevant Department of Defense and other open-source material. However, it is not an official Department of Defense publication."