Terrorism: Commentary on Security Documents Volume 119: Catastrophic Possibilities Threatening U.S…

Hardcover | January 27, 2012

EditorDouglas Lovelace, Kristen Boon, Aziz Huq

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Terrorism: Commentary on Security Documents is a hardbound series that provides primary-source documents and expert commentary on the worldwide counter-terrorism effort. Among the documents collected are transcripts of Congressional testimony, reports by such federal government bodies as theCongressional Research Service (CRS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and case law covering issues related to terrorism. Most volumes carry a single theme, and inside each volume the documents appear within topic-based categories. The series also includes a subject index and otherindices that guide the user through this complex area of the law.Volume 119, Catastrophic Possibilities Threatening U.S. Security, discusses the nightmare scenario of a catastrophic attack on the United States. While the U.S. national security apparatus remains focused on the "wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan and appears to be postulating a future internationalsecurity environment defined largely by threats increasingly posed by weak, failing, and failed states, astute strategists are not discounting the possibility of a catastrophic attack on the United States. In this volume, Douglas Lovelace presents a number of documents that help describe, explain,and assess the nature and severity of the threat of a catastrophic attack. Offering expert commentary for each section, Lovelace groups the documents into three categories: Catastrophic Potentialities in the International Security Environment, Countering the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons andNuclear Materials, and Catastrophic Cyber Attack. Documents include a Department of Defense overview of the four categories of strategic challenges, a Government Accountability Office report addressing weapons of mass destruction and the actions needed to allocate resources for counterproliferation programs, and an insightful overview of the threatof catastrophic cyber-attack by the Department of Homeland Security. The commentary and primary sources in Volume 119 will apprise researchers and practitioners of international law and national security of the perils of a catastrophic attack against the United States posed by terrorists, radicals,state failure, and humanitarian disasters.

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Terrorism: Commentary on Security Documents is a hardbound series that provides primary-source documents and expert commentary on the worldwide counter-terrorism effort. Among the documents collected are transcripts of Congressional testimony, reports by such federal government bodies as theCongressional Research Service (CRS) and the ...

Douglas Lovelace is the Director of the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College. Earlier in his military career, he worked on national security directives. He holds an MBA degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a JD from Widener School of Law.Kristen E. Boon is Director of International Programs at Seton H...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 7.28 × 10.12 × 1.18 inPublished:January 27, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionA. Catastrophic Potentialities in the International Security EnvironmentDouglas C. Lovelace, Jr.: CommentaryNathan Freier: Document No. 1 Strategic Competition and Resistance in the 21st Century: Irregular, Catastrophic, Traditional, and Hybrid Challenges in Context, Army Strategic Studies InstituteNathan Freier: Document No. 2 Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, U.S. Army Strategic Studies InstitutePhil Williams: Document No. 3 From the New Middle Ages to a New Dark Age: the Decline of the State and U.S. Strategy, Army Strategic Studies InstituteB. Countering the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear MaterialsDouglas C. Lovelace, Jr.: CommentaryAmy F. Woolf: Document No. 4 Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, CRS Report RL32572Amy F. Woolf: Document No. 5 Nonproliferation and Threat Reduction Assistance: U.S. Programs in the Former Soviet Union, CRS Report RL31957Paul K. Kerr and Mary Beth Nikitin: Document No. 6 Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues, CRS Report RL34248Gene Aloise: Document No. 7 2010 Resubmission of the U.S.-Russia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Further Actions Needed by State and Other Agencies to Improve the Review of the Classified Nuclear Proliferation Assessment, GAO Report 10-1039RMary Beth Nikitin: Document No. 8 Securing Nuclear Materials: The 2010 Summit and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R41169Gene Aloise: Document No. 9 Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Has Made Some Progress but Not Yet Completed a Strategic Plan for Its Global Nuclear Detection Efforts or Closed Identified Gaps, GAO Report 10-883TGene Aloise and Stephen L. Caldwell: Document No. 10 Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Inadequate Communication and Oversight Hampered DHS Efforts to Develop an Advanced Radiography System to Detect Nuclear Materials, GAO Report 10-1041TDavi M. D'Agostino: Document No. 11 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Actions Needed to Track Budget Execution for Counterproliferation Programs and Better Align Resources with Combating WMD Strategy, GAO Report 10-755RC. Catastrophic Cyber AttackDouglas C. Lovelace, Jr.: CommentaryDocument No. 12 Cyber Storm II: Final Report, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Cyber Security DivisionDavid A. Powner and Gregor C. Wilshusen: Document No. 13 Cybersecurity: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Improve Research and Development, GAO Report 10-466Clay Wilson: Document No. 14 High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices: Threat Assessments, CRS Report RL32544Subject Index