ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
The purpose of this unclassified study is to investigate the events that preceded the CBW policy statement in order to identify and evaluate the factors which contribute to the specific decision to ban biological weapons. Little has been written on why biological weapons were banned and it is hoped that this study will shed light on the reasons for the ban. Essential background informatin and definitions on biological warfare concepts, historical precedent, international agreements, past United States policies and the threat posed to the United States is necessary before a discussion of the specific factors. The factors behind the decision fall into three broad categories domestic and international pressures, arms control considerations and biological weapon employment problems.