US Army TRADOC TRADOC G2 Handbook No. 1.04: Terrorism and WMD in the Contemporary Operational Environment   [open pdf - 13MB]

"Terrorism and WMD in the Contemporary Operational Environment is a supplemental handbook to the U.S. Army TRADOC G2 Handbook No. 1, A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. The capstone reference guide describes terrorism1 and its potential impacts on U.S. military forces in the conduct of mission operations. This supplemental handbook highlights the nature of terrorism present in a full spectrum contemporary operational environment (COE)2 and terrorist intentions to use weapons of mass destruction. Terrorist intent to obtain and use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is one of the most serious contemporary threats to our Nation. The means of attack can span from a highly sophisticated weapon system such as a nuclear bomb to a rudimentary improvised radiological device. The specter of chemical contamination or biological infection adds to the array of weapons. Although high explosives have not been traditionally recognized as a WMD, high yield and some low yield explosives have caused significant devastating effects on people and places. The threat of WMD terrorism to the United States is present across the entire spectrum of conflict. Potential exists for WMD terrorism with individual acts of wanton damage or destruction of property or person, as well as operations conducted by organized violent groups or rogue states with social, environmental, religious, economic, or political agendas. As the United States confronts terrorism, both foreign and domestic, the most significant U.S. concerns are terrorist organizations with demonstrated global reach capabilities and their intention to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction. Yet, recent events have demonstrated that devastating weapon effects can be caused by one or two people with the will and a simple way to terrorize."

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TRADOC G2 Handbook No. 1.04
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