Where Are WMDs?: The Reality of Chem-Bio Threats on the Home Front and the Battlefront

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"While there are many books on the Iraq War and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), this is the first to offer both a historical overview of chemical-biological defense issues between 1995 and 2005 and a policy analysis of how the U.S. government addresses the WMDs threat and how the problem is actually dealt with on the battlefield. The book includes an examination of how the 9/11 disaster forced the Department of Defense to review its management of the acquisition of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense equipment and
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Overview

"While there are many books on the Iraq War and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), this is the first to offer both a historical overview of chemical-biological defense issues between 1995 and 2005 and a policy analysis of how the U.S. government addresses the WMDs threat and how the problem is actually dealt with on the battlefield. The book includes an examination of how the 9/11 disaster forced the Department of Defense to review its management of the acquisition of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defense equipment and make significant changes. It outlines in detail the government's decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq and search for WMDs." "The fact that no such weapons were found, the author explains, has had dramatic consequences on how U.S. military forces address the use of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in Iraq and how they support the federal response to terrorist incidents involving these weapons at home." Al Mauroni draws on two decades of experience in the area of chemical-biological defense policy to present this comprehensive analysis of the decision-making process within the Defense Department and the actions of U.S. forces in the second Iraq War. Arguing that the acronym WMDs is no longer useful in defining the threat faced by military leaders and emergency professionals, Mauroni also discusses a number of lessons to be learned from the conflicts in the Middle East and closes with recommendations on how to improve CBRN defense for the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591144861
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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