Evolving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism: Intelligence community response and ethical challenges

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Abstract

This chapter assesses chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats posed by non-state actors. It explores how they have diverged from classical WMD scenarios (that shaped the Cold War) to ones where threat trajectories are less certain due to an increasing number of complex political, social and technological factors. Although state-based CBRN threats remain significant, particularly with the weakening of international nuclear non-proliferation agreements, this chapter argues that a lack of understanding about emerging non-state actor CBRN intent and capability remains more concerning. The chapter also explores key capability and ethical challenges confronting intelligence communities in detecting, preventing and disrupting CBRN non-state actor threats.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNational Security Intelligence and Ethics
EditorsSeumas Miller, Milton Regan, Patrick Walsh
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter16
Pages261-279
Number of pages19
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003164197
ISBN (Print)9780367758318, 9780367758325
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameStudies in Intelligence
PublisherRoutledge Taylor and Francis Groups

Grant Number

  • DP180103439

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