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Defusing Armageddon: Inside Nest, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad
     

Defusing Armageddon: Inside Nest, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad

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by Jeffrey T. Richelson
 

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Jeffrey T. Richelson reveals the history of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team, from the events leading to its creation in 1974 to today. Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST's personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment—employed in response to attempts at nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material,

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Jeffrey T. Richelson reveals the history of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team, from the events leading to its creation in 1974 to today. Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST's personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment—employed in response to attempts at nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material, crashed nuclear-powered Soviet satellites, and al Qaeda's quest for nuclear weapons. Richelson traces the Cosmos satellite that crashed into the Canadian wilderness; nuclear threats to Los Angeles, New York, and other cities; and the surveillance of Muslim sites in the United States after 9/11. Relying on recently declassified documents and interviews with former NEST personnel, Richelson's extensive research reveals how NEST operated during the Cold War, how the agency has evolved, and its current efforts to reduce the chance of a nuclear device decimating an American city.

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Created in 1974 and comprising skilled scientists and engineers, the Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) deals with threats of nuclear terrorism, tracks down lost or stolen nuclear material and provides technical assistance in disposing of it. In fact, according to Richelson, most threats are hoaxes or extortion schemes, and no genuine nuclear terrorist plot has come near to succeeding. Despite the lack of cliffhangers, Richelson tells plenty of gripping stories of H-bombs dropping out of planes, reactors misbehaving and a nuclear-powered Russian satellite crashing to earth. A National Security Archive senior fellow, Richelson (Spying on the Bomb) devotes most of the book to a meticulous history of NEST's makeup, training, the persistent squabbling over who controls it (currently the Department of Energy), and many important if undramatic missions such as helping ex-Soviet nations secure their nuclear stockpiles. The book makes a convincing and troubling case that much of the world's nuclear material remains in the hands of institutions and governments incompetent to protect it-a situation that promises to keep NEST busy. 16 pages of illus., 4 maps. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393349597
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey T. Richelson is the author of several books on intelligence, including Spying on the Bomb. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the National Security Archive. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Defusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America''s Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GMcKay More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey T. Richelson aka Nest soilder, a Nuclear Emergency Support team, that are prepared for the worse when it comes to any radiological accident or incident in the world, the book has a good over view of what obstacles that they have to conquer and or emotions then have to overide to become couragous and to save hundreds of lifes that are being but to danger with these bomb threats, the theme is courage! #oneofmyfaves