Accession Number:

ADA522146

Title:

Deterring Terrorist High Yield WMD Attack

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

As the United States confronts threats in a post Cold War era it increasingly finds itself in conflict with non-state actors. Many of the non-state enemies of the United States show an interest in acquiring nuclear or biological weapons in order to employ those weapons against the United States or its allies. Terrorist organizations wishing to acquire and use such weapons require intentional or accidental assistance from state actors. Currently the United States relies primarily on diplomatic and economic means to prevent terror acquisition and employment of such weapons. The current methodology does not appear to succeed in its desired ends. If the United States is to survive, it needs to entertain new deterrent alternatives. Announcing a new policy that includes a limited nuclear retaliation option directed against any state sponsor of a terrorist network that employs a high yield nuclear or biological weapon may have a significant deterrence and compellence effect on state sponsors of terrorism and their proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE