Accession Number:

ADA556742

Title:

CBRN Terrorism Obsession Prior to 9/11

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

103.0

Abstract:

911 highlighted failures by both the intelligence and policymaking communities, and these failures were identified by the 911 Commission. These failures only related to the inability of the intelligence community to imagine how terrorists might use aircraft as a suicide vehicle, and how politicians failed to eliminate the al-Qaeda threat and Osama bin Laden. Completely unnoticed by the 911 Commission, but acknowledged by many within the academic community, was a failure of academia to understand the threat by al-Qaeda and focus too much on weapons of mass destruction terrorism. This thesis examines the question To what extent were the academic, policymaking, and intelligence communities obsessed with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear CBRN terrorism prior to 911 The thesis concludes that CBRN terrorism was a concern, but was not the greatest national security threat prior to 911.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE