happens. This adds to the public perception of an increased likelihood of terrorism, and
perhaps NBC weapons, being use against the United States. In addition, widespread
growth of the internet and email as information sharing tools logically brings with it a
heightened awareness of the threat itself.
Public perception of an increased WMD threat has also been formed by the movie
industry. Hollywood helped push that perception by scrambling to find another credible
threat at the Cold War’s end. A recent survey of major films released in the 90s
uncovered no less than five blockbusters each grossing between 41 and 146 million
dollars by highlighting a WMD threat.8 Their message? WMD use in the US provides a
direct threat to individuals with a promise of what is shown to be a horrible death. No
longer is the threat only to Americans abroad or American service members. It is a direct
threat to the public’s personal lives and their individual well being.
This perception is reinforced by the logical conclusion that foes will use these
weapons in the absence of conventional means. All this is arguably resulting in a kind of
governmental awakening to the threat and a sizable increase in the pace and volume of
literature that confronts it.
This governmental and public awakening in turn has created a significant amount
of literary concentration on the threat in the written media. Trends from this literature
indicate that the WMD threat to the US homeland and US interests overseas is valid and
growing. The Army’s Chemical Vision 2010 states,
Tomorrow, we will not have the luxury of viewing CONUS as a sanctuary. America’s unrivaled military superiority means that potential enemies (whether