Accession Number : ADA510559


Title :   World at Risk: The Report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism


Corporate Author : COMMISSION ON THE PREVENTION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROLIFERATION AND TERRORISM WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Graham, Bob ; Talent, Jim ; Cleveland, Graham Allison ;Robin ; Rademaker, Steve ; Roemer, Tim ; Shewrman, Wendy ; Sokolski, Henry ; Verma, Rich


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a510559.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 160


Abstract : The Commission believes that unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013. The Commission further believes that terrorists are more likely to be able to obtain and use a biological weapon than a nuclear weapon. The Commission believes that the U.S. government needs to move more aggressively to limit the proliferation of biological weapons and reduce the prospect of a bioterror attack. Further compounding the nuclear threat is the proliferation of nuclear weapons capabilities to new states and the decision by several existing nuclear states to build up their arsenals. Such proliferation is a concern in its own right because it may increase the prospect of military crises that could lead to war and catastrophic use of these weapons. As former Senator Sam Nunn testified to our Commission: The risk of a nuclear weapon being used today is growing, not receding. This Commission was chartered by Congress to assess our nation's progress in preventing weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism--and to provide the next President and Congress with concrete, actionable recommendations that can serve as their road map to a safer homeland and world. No mission could be timelier. The simple reality is that the risks that confront us today are evolving faster than our multilayered responses. Many thousands of dedicated people across all agencies of our government are working hard to protect this country, and their efforts have had a positive impact. But the terrorists have been active, too--and in our judgment America's margin of safety is shrinking, not growing.


Descriptors :   *MASS DESTRUCTION WEAPONS , *TERRORISM , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , NUCLEAR WEAPONS , TERRORISTS , PAKISTAN , MILITARY OPERATIONS , USSR , WARFARE , CONGRESS , GLOBAL , EMERGENCIES , RISK , COMMUNITIES , THREATS , ATTACK , DESTRUCTION , ARMY FACILITIES , RESPONSE , BIOLOGICAL WARFARE , CHEMICAL ORDNANCE , ORDNANCE , CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS , MARGIN OF SAFETY , ANTIPERSONNEL WEAPONS , WEAPONS , NUCLEAR WARFARE


Subject Categories : Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE