On Nuclear Terrorism

On Nuclear Terrorism

by Michael Levi

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441778505
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Levi is David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

List of Abbreviations xi

Prologue 1

1 Principles for Defense 4

2 Security at the Source 15

3 Building Blocks 27

4 The Beginnings of a True System 65

5 Warning 98

6 A Wider Universe of Nuclear Plots and Defenses 124

7 The Way Forward 139

Appendix: Radiation Detection and Weapons Effects Calculations 155

Glossary 165

Notes 175

Acknowledgments 205

Index 207

What People are Saying About This

Michael Levi presents a strong case for why we need to do everything we can to keep the world's most dangerous weapons and materials out of the hands of the world's most dangerous people. He focuses on the broad range of today's nuclear threats and provides unique insights into how terrorist groups work. He also makes important specific recommendations to address these dangers--the most critical security issue facing our nation and the world.

Brian M. Jenkins

In this comprehensive and accessible book, Levi effectively challenges many popular assertions about how easy it would be for terrorists to fabricate and deliver a nuclear weapon. He then outlines an integrated defense strategy from prevention to detection to mitigation. This should become the basic reference for nuclear terrorism. Recommended for anyone interested in the topic. Mandatory for policymakers.
Brian M. Jenkins, Senior Advisor, RAND Corporation

Michael M. May

This book offers the best insights for a coordinated defense system against nuclear terrorism I have seen, as well as a perceptive survey of the opportunities and difficulties nuclear terrorists would face. Well written and carefully researched, it is a must for every counterterrorism planner as well as for any interested citizen.

Michael M. May, former Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Sam Nunn

Michael Levi presents a strong case for why we need to do everything we can to keep the world's most dangerous weapons and materials out of the hands of the world's most dangerous people. He focuses on the broad range of today's nuclear threats and provides unique insights into how terrorist groups work. He also makes important specific recommendations to address these dangers--the most critical security issue facing our nation and the world.
Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator and Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

William Perry

Michael Levi shows that defending against nuclear terrorism requires confronting every aspect of a terrorist's plot. Thoroughly researched, thoughtfully argued, and well written, On Nuclear Terrorism examines the most important security problem the world faces today.
William Perry, former Secretary of Defense and Professor, Stanford University

Ashton B. Carter

Levi's is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and technically informed treatment of nuclear terrorism. This important book makes a big contribution to public understanding and to public policy on nuclear terrorism, which might yet--despite the daunting odds--prevent it from ever happening.
Ashton B. Carter, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and Professor, Harvard University

Thomas C. Schelling

This is serious stuff. If you want to know how a terrorist organization might manage to mount a nuclear attack--or how to stop them--you need to read this book.
Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics

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