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Int J Emerg Ment Health. 1999 Spring;1(2):81-9.

Nuclear, biological, and chemical terrorism: understanding the threat and designing responses.

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Political Risk Assessment Company, P.O. Box 82, Santa Monica, CA 90406, USA.


Today nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) terrorism is a serious issue. The threat of terrorist or rogue states acquiring and using NBC weapons has ushered in a new age of terrorism; an age that is far more dangerous than any previous period. It is an age of terrorism with which no one yet knows how to deal. This article reviews recent trends in terrorism, and identifies groups that have both the potential and the motive to use weapons of mass destruction. In addition, it discusses the design and implemention of effective measures to meet this threat, as well as the role of CISM teams in preparation for, and in the aftermath of, an incident involving NBC weapons.

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