Accession Number:

ADA390526

Title:

Chemical Warfare, Terrorism, and National Defense

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-04-10

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

The United States must improve its ability to defend its citizens and property against potential terrorist or rogue state attack with chemical weapons. As a military weapon, gas has been effective at causing casualties but has never been a war winner. History shows that chemical weapons are most effective when used against an unprepared enemy that cannot retaliate in kind. The 1995 nerve agent attack in Tokyo was a wake up call for the United States to come to grips with the serious asymmetric threat from either rogue states or terrorists who could launch a devastating chemical attack on our homeland. This paper will trace the military history of chemical weapons and assess programs necessary to prevent, protect, and respond to a chemical WMD attack on the United States of America.

Subject Categories:

  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE