Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 1845293495
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 275
  • Author: Graham T. Allison
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson



In this urgent call to action, one of America's leading experts on nuclear weapons and national security presents a Rcomprehensive but accessible treatment of this vital subject that is a major contribution to public understandingS ("The New York Times Book Review."

When the Lights Go Out and Never Come Back On

  • Filename: when-the-lights-go-out-and-never-come-back-on.
  • ISBN: 0941375056
  • Release Date: 1991-06-01
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author:
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing



Identifies a variety of left and right-wing groups in America which might have a reason to be active terrorists in the future. A viable target for such groups is nuclear power plants.

The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: the-four-faces-of-nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 9781135086398
  • Release Date: 2012-08-21
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Charles D. Ferguson
  • Publisher: Routledge



The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism, a new book from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, assesses the motivations and capabilities of terrorist organizations to acquire and use nuclear weapons, to fabricate and and detonate crude nuclear explosives, to strike nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities, and to build and employ radiological weapons or "dirty bombs."

On Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: on-nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 0674033566
  • Release Date: 2009-06-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Levi
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



Nuclear terrorism is such a disturbing prospect that we shy away from its details. Yet as a consequence, we fail to understand how best to defeat it. Michael Levi takes us inside nuclear terrorism and behind the decisions a terrorist leader would be faced with in pursuing a nuclear plot. Along the way, Levi identifies the many obstacles, large and small, that such a terrorist scheme might encounter, allowing him to discover a host of ways that any plan might be foiled. Surveying the broad universe of plots and defenses, this accessible account shows how a wide-ranging defense that integrates the tools of weapon and materials security, law enforcement, intelligence, border controls, diplomacy, and the military can multiply, intensify, and compound the possibility that nuclear terrorists will fail. Levi draws from our long experience with terrorism and cautions us not to focus solely on the most harrowing yet most improbable threats. Nuclear terrorism shares much in common with other terrorist threats--and as a result, he argues, defeating it is impossible unless we put our entire counterterrorism and homeland security house in order. As long as we live in a nuclear age, no defense can completely eliminate nuclear terrorism. But this book reminds us that the right strategy can minimize the risks and shows us how to do it.

Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 1410216020
  • Release Date: 2004-09-01
  • Number of pages: 108
  • Author: Robert W. Marrs
  • Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.



Many policymakers and scholars contend that nuclear weapons remain inaccessible to terrorists, and that nuclear means are inconsistent with or disproportionate to their goals. Nevertheless, the historical pattern of nuclear proliferation suggests a trend toward nonstate actor acquisition, a notion supported by recent developments in the black market. Additional evidence suggests that some specific groups have expressed an interest in nuclear weapons. This thesis proposes that there is a terrorist demand for nuclear weapons. Further, its findings suggest that the possibility of terrorist acquisition has grown; and that these nonstate adversaries will enjoy significant advantage over states during nuclear crisis. Terrorists, like states, pursue political objectives and have similar concerns regarding power and security. Lacking state resources, terrorists employ instrumental targeting in pursuit of those objectives, while remaining relatively invulnerable to retaliation. This dynamic will encourage terrorists to acquire and exploit nuclear potential, thereby overturning traditional theories of deterrence. Wishful thinking about nuclear terrorism has discouraged thoughtful analysis of this dilemma. The prospect is sufficiently dire, that a preventive campaign must be launched to stop terrorist acquisition of nuclear capabilities. Policymakers must also prepare for the possible failure of preventive efforts, and search for options that may mitigate nuclear terrorism.

Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 9781317395195
  • Release Date: 2016-03-02
  • Number of pages: 278
  • Author: Brecht Volders
  • Publisher: Routledge



This volume aims to improve understanding of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism. Nuclear terrorism is perceived as one of the most immediate and extreme threats to global security today. While the international community has made important progress in securing fissile material, there are still important steps to be made with nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear material spread around the globe. The volume addresses this complex phenomenon through an interdisciplinary approach: legal, criminal, technical, diplomatic, cultural, economic, and political. Despite this cross-disciplinary approach, however, the chapters are all linked by the overarching aim of enhancing knowledge of nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear terrorism. The volume aims to do this by investigating the different types of nuclear terrorism, and subsequently discussing the potential means to prevent these malicious acts. In addition, there is a discussion of the nuclear security regime, in general, and an important examination of both its strengths and weaknesses. In summary, the book aims to extend the societal and political debate about the threat of nuclear terrorism. This book will be of much interest to students of nuclear proliferation, nuclear governance, terrorism studies, international organizations, and security studies in general.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

  • Filename: bulletin-of-the-atomic-scientists.
  • ISBN:
  • Release Date: 1986-12
  • Number of pages: 56
  • Author:
  • Publisher:



The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is the premier public resource on scientific and technological developments that impact global security. Founded by Manhattan Project Scientists, the Bulletin's iconic "Doomsday Clock" stimulates solutions for a safer world.

Nuclear Terrorism After 9 11

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism-after-9-11.
  • ISBN: 0415399920
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 88
  • Author: Robin M. Frost
  • Publisher: Routledge



The very mention of nuclear terrorism is enough to rouse strong emotions, and understandably so, because it combines the most terrifying weapons and the scariest people in a single phrase. The possibility that terrorists could use nuclear weapons deserves the best possible analysis, but discussion has all too often has been contaminated with exaggeration, even hysteria, that flows in at least some cases from the political interests commentators have in exaggerating the terrorist threat. For example, it has been claimed that nuclear terrorism poses an "existential threat" to the United States. This Adelphi Paper develops a more measured analysis of the risk of nuclear terrorism, defined here as the detonation by terrorists of a device with a true nuclear yield. It attacks the problem from two angles: the very considerable, possibly insurmountable technical challenges involved in getting a functional nuclear weapon, whether "home-made" or begged, borrowed, or stolen from a state arsenal, and the related question of the strategic, political, and psychological motivation to "go nuclear." It concludes, with some other writers, that nuclear terrorism is not a significant threat, and that, among terrorists, Muslim extremists are not the most likely to go use nuclear weapons.--Publisher description.

Deterring State Sponsorship of Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: deterring-state-sponsorship-of-nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 9780876094198
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 33
  • Author: Michael A. Levi
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations



The basis of nuclear doctrine during the cold war was deterrence. Nuclear powers were deterred from attacking each other by the fear of retaliation. Today, much of the concern over possible nuclear attack comes in the context of rogue states and terrorism. And since only states are known to possess nuclear weapons, an important question is how to deter them from letting terrorists acquire a device, whether through an authorized transfer or a security breach. Michael A. Levi analyzes this aspect of deterrence in the post–cold war world, as well as what to do if deterrence breaks down. He suggests how to discourage states from giving weapons or nuclear materials to terrorists and how to encourage states to bolster security against any accidental transfer. He also challenges the assumption, implicit in most discussion, that developing a technical ability to attribute nuclear attacks will automatically yield "deterrence" against state sponsorship. In doing that, the report moves the policy debate from its current focus on technology to one that is equally about strategy and thus offers thoughtful analysis and practical guidelines for U.S. policy on a complex and important issue.

Legal Framework for Strengthening Nuclear Security and Combating Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: legal-framework-for-strengthening-nuclear-security-and-combating-nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 9781607509967
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 188
  • Author: Igor Khripunov
  • Publisher: IOS Press



New international approaches to strengthening nuclear security and combating the threat of nuclear terrorism have been introduced throughout the first decade of the 21st century. The adoption of new and revised mandatory international legal instruments, as well as other non-binding initiatives and voluntary mechanisms, have led to improved security measures in this critical area, but there is still a need for substantive and procedural arrangements to be significantly strengthened.This book is a collection of the presentations and deliberations of participants at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop held in Vienna, Austria in January 2010. The workshop was attended by over 100 international experts from more than 20 countries, and the papers presented here summarize current understanding of, and approaches to, the legal framework for nuclear security and counterterrorism. The book will be of interest to all governments, international organizations, researchers and practitioners worldwide who are involved in securing nuclear materials and preventing nuclear terrorism

Combating Nuclear Terrorism Preliminary Observations on Preparedness to Recover from Possible Attacks Using Radiological Or Nuclear Materials

  • Filename: combating-nuclear-terrorism-preliminary-observations-on-preparedness-to-recover-from-possible-attacks-using-radiological-or-nuclear-materials.
  • ISBN: 9781437922202
  • Release Date: 2010-03
  • Number of pages: 18
  • Author: Gene Aloise
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing



A terrorist¿s use of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or improvised nuclear device (IND) to release radioactive materials (RM) into the environ. could have devastating consequences. This testimony examines: (1) the extent to which fed. agencies are planning to fulfill their responsibilities to assist cities and their states in cleaning up areas contaminated with RM from RDD and IND incidents; (2) what is known about the fed. government¿s capability to effectively cleanup areas contaminated with RM from RDD and IND incidents; and (3) suggestions from gov¿t. emerg. mgmt. officials on ways to improve fed. preparedness to provide assistance to recover from RDD and IND incidents. Also discusses the situation in the United Kingdom.

Motivations for Nuclear Terrorism in the United States

  • Filename: motivations-for-nuclear-terrorism-in-the-united-states.
  • ISBN: OCLC:35923199
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 124
  • Author: Peter Joseph DiPaolo
  • Publisher:



The demise of bipolarity created new security concerns for the United States. Terrorism now thrives in the new world environment. While much has been written on terrorism, the specter of nuclear terrorism in the United States has received little attention. Nuclear terrorism cannot be looked at through the traditional nuclear weapons paradigm nor can it be viewed within the confines of the traditional terrorism paradigm. There currently are two perspectives on nuclear terrorism: the optimists, who do not see it as a threat, and the pessimists, who see it as inevitable. Each view has its merits but neither alone can explain this security concern. Merging of the two views is required to understand the motivational considerations behind this potentially horrific problem. A brief history of U.S. policies on nuclear weapons and terrorism is offered to explain why there has not been a U.S. policy on nuclear terrorism. The possibility of nuclear terrorism is real. A better understanding of the nuclear terrorist mindset is required if effective policies are to be developed.

Combating Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: combating-chemical-biological-radiological-and-nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 0892063890
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 54
  • Author: Frank J. Cilluffo
  • Publisher: CSIS



The United States currently lacks a comprehensive strategy for countering the threat of terrorism involving nuclear, radiological, chemical, and-most glaringly -- biological weapons. Although federal, state, and local governments have made impressive strides to prepare for terrorism involving these weapons, the whole remains less than the sum of the parts. As a result, the United States is now at a crossroads. Although credit must be given where due, the time has come for a cold-eyed assessment and evaluation based on program reviews and other measures of effectiveness. This report offers such an assessment, providing a road map of near- and long-term priorities for senior federal officials to marshal federal, state, local, private sector, and nongovernmental resources for defending the U.S. homeland against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism.

Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 1590335899
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Author: Richard Baker
  • Publisher: Nova Publishers



Many believe that terrorists could cause more deaths and destruction with nuclear weapons than by any other means. The United States and the world community have tried for decades to avoid that spectre through the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty of 1970, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-242), the Nunn-Lugar Co-operative Threat Reduction Program, and many other measures. Many have called the attention to the problem; websites with current resources include the Nuclear Control Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the centre for Non-proliferation Studies. In the wake of the September 11 attack, the nuclear threat has taken a new urgency. This book addresses potential terrorist capabilities.

Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 1230642064
  • Release Date: 2013-09
  • Number of pages: 102
  • Author: Source Wikipedia
  • Publisher: University-Press.org



Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 34. Chapters: Alexander Litvinenko assassination theories, Crimes involving radioactive substances, Dirty bomb, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, Graham T. Allison, List of nuclear weapons, Michael A. Levi, National Response Scenario Number One, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, On Nuclear Terrorism, Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, Radiological warfare, Radiological weapon, Radu (codename), Richard Levernier, Suitcase nuke, The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism, The World Institute for Nuclear Security.

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