The Use of CBRN Weapons by Non-State Terrorists

  • 2013

The Use of CBRN Weapons by Non-State Terrorists

Author:
Andrea Mazzone
Abstract:

Today's world faces challenges and threats of unprecedented scope, scale, and complexity. In recent decades, the world has seen many changes, not only because of the complexity of world matters, but also because of the entrance of non-state actors into world politics. Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons are a threat to the health and well-being of the international community. Given the real threat of a large-scale CBRN attack, defense against these weapons is both an international security and public health issue. In recent years, the goals and actions of non-state terrorists have changed in a way that makes the use of CBRN weapons more within the realm of possibility, while technological advances have made the possibility of a CBRN attack more feasible than in decades and centuries past. This paper provides an overview of terrorism as a whole, as well as a current and future assessment of non-state actors and the use of CBRN weapons.