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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incident. A deliberate or unintentional

event involving a nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological weapon or device, or large

conventional explosive, that produces catastrophic loss of life or property.

It is important to note that NBC and WMD are generally used interchangeably

throughout this paper. Although WMD is a somewhat newer term that may entail neither

traditional nuclear, biological, nor chemical weapons. Weapons of Mass Destruction

appears to be a term that attempts to cast a broader net over NBC and virtually all other

potential forms of tangible yet unconventional weapons. For example, it may include

weapons such as very high yield explosives, crop infestation, or radiological waste. It

may also generally refer to the means that deliver the weapon, such as the ballistic

missile. In this paper, the term WMD does not include information warfare as can be

seen by using propaganda, computer viruses, computer network attack, and others.

Information warfare acts of aggression are better included under the even broader term of

“asymmetric warfare.”


In order to conceptually prepare for all the considerations surrounding the

research question, one must follow a logical sequence of issues. To that end, following

this introductory chapter a literature review will be covered in chapter 2, a capability

review in chapter 3, the research methodology used in chapter 4, an analysis of threat

versus capability in chapter 5, and will culminate with a set of conclusions in chapter 6.

Subordinate to the chapter two literature review will be a better description and

validation of the threats. Then, the thesis provides a summary of where DoD currently

stands in the face of these threats. This will be measured cumulatively by a number of 11

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