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: 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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

The Nuclear Terrorist

  • Filename: the-nuclear-terrorist.
  • ISBN: 9781466837560
  • Release Date: 2014-04-08
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Robert Gleason
  • Publisher: Forge Books



The threat of nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction has never been greater, yet, as this devastating exposé makes clear, America's leaders, including the last two Presidential administrations, have been shockingly lax and often chillingly reckless when it comes to protecting the United States—and the world—from the spreading threat of nuclear proliferation and the very real possibility that terrorists will stage a nuclear bombing or meltdown on American soil . . . with catastrophic results. Taking no prisoners, Robert Gleason's The Nuclear Terrorist demonstrates how time and again both the Bush and Obama administrations have placed politics and profiteering over public safety; how the government has failed to effectively guard and regulate a "peaceful" nuclear industry that is both cataclysmically expensive and apocalyptically dangerous; how America's nuclear power plants remain vulnerable to both physical and cyber attacks; and how our elected leaders and their advisors continue to do business with rogue states, untrustworthy and unstable "allies," and terrorist backers, while turning a blind eye to the all-but-inevitable consequences of such deals with the devil. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Nuclear Terrorism

  • Filename: nuclear-terrorism.
  • ISBN: 0312219830
  • Release Date: 1999-06-19
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Gavin Cameron
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Will the twenty-first century see terrorists with nuclear capability? How likely is it that terrorists will obtain weapons of mass destruction? What factors would determine their decision to use them? Gavin Cameron assesses the causes for, and implications of, the escalating lethality of terrorism. He considers, from a psychological and organizational perspective, why groups resort to political violence, why they find it exceptionally difficult to move away from using terrorism, and how this affects their propensity to increase the level of violence that they employ.

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.

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.

Will Terrorists Go Nuclear

  • Filename: will-terrorists-go-nuclear.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105134418446
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 457
  • Author: Brian Michael Jenkins
  • Publisher:



Jenkins, who for more than thirty years has been advising the military, government, and prestigious think tanks on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, goes beyond what the experts know about terrorists efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, nuclear black markets, suitcase bombs, and mysterious substances like red mercury to examine how terrorists themselves think about such weapons.

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: 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.

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