Tag: radiological

Featured article: The Interagency’s “WMD” Terminology Problem by Alexi Franklin The terms “weapons of mass destruction (WMD),” “chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN),” and “chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE)” are found throughout the interagency, and they are treated essentially as synonyms. In important ways, however, these terms highlight differences with both conceptual and […]

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Featured article: Reassessing the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Enterprise  by Gary D. Mills We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. —Dwight D. Eisenhower During the last nine months, citizens throughout the world have observed momentous events that have added to a tumultuous global environment. Internationally, the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, […]

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Featured article: Importing Nuclear Weapons Through the Selectively-Permeable Border of the United States by William T. Eckles The health of the U.S. parallels the health of a living organism. The body needs and seeks beneficial substances and interactions. The skin, lungs, and digestive tract of an organism are like the border. Food and gasses must freely enter […]

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Earlier this month, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University published the latest edition of Proceedings. The latest edition examines four pressing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) challenges for the next U.S. administration. These WMD challenges are: The growing prospect of a direct clash between the U.S. and […]

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report assessing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) progress incorporating the Homeland Response Force into the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response enterprise. DoD is expected to play a prominent role in supporting civil authorities in a CBRN incident, and the Homeland Response Force is intended to bridge […]

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a notice regarding the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NRC and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. The interagency agreement defines the agencies’ efforts and responsibilities in the safe transportation of radioactive materials. The notice was published in the Federal Register on […]

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The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that reviewed the level of preparation of U.S. cities considered to be at high risk of a nuclear terrorist attack. The report stressed the importance of interagency involvement in preparing for and responding to a nuclear disaster…

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