WMD & CBRN Terrorism

Terrorist interest in WMD / CBRN terrorism is longstanding and continuing.  However, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism each pose distinct challenges.  An attack using a biological weapon, for instance, may be hard to detect at the outset, allowing the toxin to spread and the number of infected to rise.  Further, there may be medical limitations that result in treatment being ineffective; or it may be inaccessible to all who need it, despite best efforts to develop and stockpile strategically selected antidotes and other countermeasures in advance of an incident.  With the forces of crime and terror converging, moreover, terrorists can tap the pipelines and pathways used by traffickers to smuggle drugs into the country for terrorist purposes, namely to smuggle in weapons and people (terrorists).

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