Biological / Chemical / Agricultural Terrorism

Potentially the Largest Threat from Sub-State ActorsThe terrorist use of biological weapons (BW)[1] has long been considered one of the most potentially threatening sub-state challenges confronting the international community. Pound for pound BW are far more efficient (and silent) killers than chemical agents and they are much cheaper than nuclear materials. Several terrorist organizations are also thought to have expressed an interest in these weapons, apparently prompted by the availability of open-source information on how to construct them and public discussions of the consequences that would result from a successful attack.[2]  Photo: Japanese Television picturing a biological weapon retrieval. Location Unknown.  http:[email protected]/2187670479/Potential Mass DevastationA properly orchestrated strike using BWs would completely overwhelm the counter-terrorist capabilities of modern governments and could well defeat both their defense and disaster…

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Peter Chalk

Peter Chalk is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has analyzed such topics as unconventional security threats in Southeast and South Asia; new strategic challenges for the U.S....