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Defining 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'   [open pdf - 937KB]

This paper explores the issue of defining weapons of mass destruction (WMD). To give historical context for the rest of the paper, the first several sections summarize how the term has been used in disarmament negotiations, US national security policy, Soviet and Russian military doctrine, and American political discourse. Next, the paper identifies alternative definitions for WMD, addresses some of the key policy issues associated with different definitions, and proposes a definition appropriate for the Department of Defense.

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2006-02
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