ABSTRACT

Preparing for Response to a Nuclear Weapon of Mass Destruction, Are We Ready?   [open pdf - 265KB]

"The National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction acknowledges that nuclear, biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the possession of hostile states and terrorists represent one of the greatest security challenges facing the United States. Although extremist groups and terrorists have a wide variety of potential agents and delivery means to choose from for a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) attack, this study focuses specifically on response capability to a radiological or nuclear WMD attack against the United States. This paper determined we must adequately prepare to overcome the complex command, control and management challenges associated with synchronizing the requisite expertise provided by numerous diverse groups of government, emergency response, law enforcement, military, medical, disaster relief, public health, mental health, and public affairs personnel. It also proposes recommendations to ensure we are prepared to provide immediate, organized, and well-synchronized response to terrorist attack employing nuclear weapons of mass destruction."

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2006-05-25
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Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/
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