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Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response

By Medalia, Jonathan

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Book Id: WPLBN0000195848
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Title: Terrorist Nuclear Attacks on Seaports: Threat and Response  
Author: Medalia, Jonathan
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
Collections: Government Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Background: Terrorists have tried to obtain weapons of mass destruction (WMD) -- chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons. While it would probably be more difficult for terrorists to obtain or fabricate a nuclear weapon than other WMD, an attack using a nuclear weapon merits consideration because it would have much higher consequence. U.S. seaports could be targets for terrorist attack. A terrorist Hiroshima-sized nuclear bomb (15 kilotons, the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT) detonated in a port would destroy buildings out to a mile or two...

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