Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

2nd Edition

Tushar K. Ghosh, Mark A. Prelas, Dabir S. Viswanath, Sudarshan K. Loyalka

CRC Press
Published November 4, 2009
Reference - 604 Pages - 158 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420071818 - CAT# AU7181
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy

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Summary

Traditionally, resources on terrorism and counterterrorism tend to focus on the social, behavioral, and legal aspects of the subject, with minimal emphasis on the scientific and technological aspects. Taking into account these practical considerations, the second edition of Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism discusses the nature of terrorism and the materials used by terrorists. It describes how intelligence professionals and law enforcement personnel can detect and destroy these materials, and how they can deal with terrorist groups.

This volume begins by introducing the shift in analysis of terrorist attacks after September 11, 2001 and summarizes selected case studies. It discusses the origin and nature of terrorism and the factors involved in diplomacy. Covering a broad range of topics, the book examines:

  • Aerosol dispersion of toxic materials
  • Bioterrorism and the manufacture, detection, and delivery of biological agents
  • Agricultural terrorism
  • Nuclear terrorism and nuclear weapons systems, threats, and safeguards
  • Chemical terrorism, including manufacture, detection, delivery, and decontamination
  • Cyber-terrorism
  • Personal protective equipment
  • The role of government at federal, state, and local levels
  • The role of international agencies and their resources, capabilities, and responsibilities
  • The National Infrastructure Protection Plan

As terrorist activities increase globally, it is critical that those charged with protecting the public understand the myriad of ways in which terrorists operate. While we cannot predict where, when, and how terrorists will strike, our vigilance in staying abreast of the terrorist threat is the only way to have a fighting chance against those who seek to destroy our world.

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