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this were filled with, let’s say, anthrax instead of sugar, and you spread that with the right

kind of temperatures and the right kind of wind over a city the size of Washington, DC,

you could wipe out 70 percent of the population just with five pounds. There are tons of

anthrax in existence.”4

Discussion of the WMD threat is not limited to government officials and defense

think tanks. The media has also shown a remarkable ability to highlight the dangers of

WMD. This chapter examines these various sources of WMD threat literature and

discussion--both credible and fictional.

This chapter also reviews WMD-related literature about DoD’s current force

structure and capabilities. Finally, this chapter examines WMD-related materiel

regarding the direction DoD should take now or in the future to address the WMD threat.

It is this forward-thinking materiel that will prove most valuable in the cumulative

assessment of what structure is required to keep America secure.

Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat

The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. Accordingly, I have extended the national emergency declared in Executive order 12938. 5

President William J. Clinton, Text of a letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, November 9, 2000.

The President clearly saw a need to recognize the growing threat these weapons

present. As would be expected, the subject of WMD has also had an enormous amount

of discussion in published media. In fact, it appears WMD has become one of the catch-


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