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-