Terrorism, Asymmetric Warfare, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Defending the U.S. Homeland / Edition 1

Terrorism, Asymmetric Warfare, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Defending the U.S. Homeland / Edition 1

by Anthony H. Cordesman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275974278

ISBN-13: 9780275974275

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

There is a wide spectrum of potential threats to the U.S. homeland that do not involve overt attacks by states using long-range missiles or conventional military forces. Such threats include covert attacks by state actors, state use of proxies, independent terrorist and extremist attacks by foreign groups or individuals, and independent terrorist and extremist

Overview

There is a wide spectrum of potential threats to the U.S. homeland that do not involve overt attacks by states using long-range missiles or conventional military forces. Such threats include covert attacks by state actors, state use of proxies, independent terrorist and extremist attacks by foreign groups or individuals, and independent terrorist and extremist attacks by residents of the United States. These threats are currently limited in scope and frequency, but are emerging as potentially significant issues for future U.S. security. In this comprehensive work, Cordesman argues that new threats require new thinking, and offers a range of recommendations, from expanding the understanding of what constitutes a threat and bolstering Homeland defense measures, to bettering resource allocation and improving intelligence gathering and analysis.

No pattern of actual attacks on U.S. territory has yet emerged that provides a clear basis for predicting how serious any given form of attack might be in the future, what means of attack might be used, or how lethal new forms of attack might be. As a result, there is a major ongoing debate over the seriousness of the threat and how the U.S. government should react. This work is an invaluable contribution to that debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275974275
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1520L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

The Changing Face of Asymmetric Warfare and Terrorism

Risk Assessment: Planning for "Non-patterns" and Potential Risk

Threat Prioritization: Seeking to Identify Current and Future Threats

Types of Attack: Determining Future Methods of Attack and the Needed Response

Threat Assessment and Prioritization: Identifying Threats

U.S. Government Efforts to Create a Homeland Defense Capability

Federal Efforts by Department and Agency

Federal State and Local Cooperation

How Other Nations Deal with These Threats

Lessons from Recent Major Commissions on Terrorism

Conclusions and Recommendations

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