Tag: weapons of mass destruction (WMD)

Featured article: Entomological “Weapons” of Mass Destruction by Thomas F. Moore Although states have used a variety of systems to deliver weapons of mass destruction (WMD), we are, in fact, surrounded by practically ubiquitous delivery vehicles for WMD, insects, for example. States have worked to seize the benefits of these load-bearing bugs in the past, […]

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Featured article: The Interagency Challenges of Hypersonic Strike Weapons by Richard C. Robbins Years in the future, when historians reflect upon the early twenty-first century reemergence of great power competition, they will likely speak of hypersonic weapons as the novel technology that most transformed the nature of warfare and deterrence. Among the new technologies that are […]

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Featured article: Enhanced Research into Synthetic Biology by Sean R. Watterson Synthetic biology is a field of science that draws from methodologies found in engineering disciplines, such as computer engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering, and computer science, to construct new biological systems or modify existing ones. The field has the potential to enable the creation […]

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Featured article: Situating Weapons of Mass Destruction in our Interagency Thinking by Amy J. Nelson and John Mark Mattox 2018 was a banner year for national strategies. It witnessed the publication of a National Security Strategy, a National Defense Strategy, a National Strategy for Counterterrorism, a National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, a National Biodefense Strategy, a […]

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed by voice vote the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Act of 2018. The CWMD Act would permanently establish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) CWMD Office, which was established in December 2017 and aims to counter attempts by terrorists and other threat actors to carry out attacks against […]

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Featured article: The Interagency Challenge of Biosecurity in Dual-Use Research by Matthew J. Moakler On October 17, 2014, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a funding pause for “gain-of-function” research (i.e., research that increases an organism’s ability to cause disease) in order to conduct a study to develop a new federal research policy. […]

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Featured article: Cyber Attacks The New WMD Challenge to the Interagency by Quan Hai T. Lu The President of the United States recently said that “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation.” Advances in transistor design and integrated circuits have accelerated technologies exponentially. U.S. […]

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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced last week the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office. The new office is established at a time when “The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states,” said Secretary Nielsen. According to Nielsen, “DHS is moving […]

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Featured article: Securing the U.S. Food Supply: The Quintessential Interagency Task by Cindy A. Landgren The general public puts little thought into the vast, interconnected infrastructure that constitutes the fabric of life in the U.S. Nevertheless, large segments of that infrastructure are susceptible to failure—potentially even catastrophic failure—through both accidental and intentional means. Sometimes it is hard […]

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Featured article: Closing the Barn Door: Interagency Approaches to Reduce Agroterrorism Threats by David F. Grieco Despite billions of dollars spent in the U.S. on national defense, one key area has been historically overlooked. In the twenty-first century, perhaps the greatest national security threat requiring careful interagency coordination is not in a distant land, but in actuality, quite local. It is […]

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