findings and initiatives sometimes lead to changes in national security policy and force
It may also have significance regarding active and passive defense against other
forms of asymmetric warfare capable of inflicting substantial effects and potentially
massive damage on the US homeland. These forms may include: computer network
attack (CNA), computer network defense (CND), ballistic missile attack (BMA), and
ballistic missile defense (BMD). It is these forms of asymmetric warfare that are causing
some defense representatives to use the term weapons of mass effects (WME) in the
place of WMD. Regardless, this study may have significance in examining each of the
forms of asymmetric WME.
There are four assumptions that must be accepted as true regarding this study.
First, it is assumed that the reader has a basic understanding of the traditional NBC
threats. This means that the concept of NBC weapons and agents, and the potentially
massive damage to life and property they cause, must not be completely new. If
additional background is required before continuing, the 2001 DoD report entitled
Proliferation, Threat and Response, is an excellent source. It discusses in detail the NBC
and WMD threats throughout the world in unclassified form and is easily accessible at
the official DoD website (www.defenselink.mil).
Second, there is a fundamental assumption that the reader accepts the NBC threat
to the US as valid. One must accept that our potential adversaries have the capability and
will to develop, produce, and effectively deliver WMD devices against the US. This
assumption is not necessarily new. What is new, is the assumption that there are a greater 6