Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism attacks in the United States
The thought of a nuclear or radiological attack is one that is somewhat intimidating to many people. The thought is not far-fetched d and the threat is very real, especially judging from the fact that the United States has already had a major terror attack at the turn of the century. According to Spencer (1988), the greatest concern that is in the mind of the policy makers, especially those in charge of defense and administration, in the United States lies in the means of protecting the nation form any threat. The greatest possible threat applicable in an execution of a terror threat can only come in the way of nuclear and radiological threat. The paper assesses the readiness of the United States in light of a terror threat of the magnitude of a nuclear or a radiological attack.
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The US and the organization working for world peace have taken all the measures pertinent in lowering the risk of a nuclear attack. This is by keeping a worldwide vigil. In terms of a radiological attack, the US and her allies have maintained air and border security. There is but a mere chance that terrorist will carry out such a daring attack on US soil without detection and with no prior intelligence.
Byrne, J. Neutrons, Nuclei, and Matter, Dover Publications, Mineola, NY, 2011, ISBN 978-0-486-48238-5 (pbk.) pp. 267.
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