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Nuclear Terrorism - Imminent Threat? November 17, 2017 — Terrorism experts and analysts have debated this for years, and no consensus exists as to why the world has not seen terrorists succeed at perpetrating a nuclear attack. Despite the seeming inevitability of a terrorist attack with a nuclear weapon, terrorists may be substantially less likely to conduct such an attack than most analysts and policymakers expect. MORE

Biosecurity Implications for the Synthesis of Horsepox, an Orthopoxvirus November 3, 2017 — This article examines the biosecurity and biodefense implications resulting from the recent creation of horsepox virus, a noncirculating (extinct) species of orthopoxvirus. Here we examine the technical aspects of the horsepox virus synthesis and conclude that orthopox synthesis experiments currently remain technically challenging—and will continue to be so, even once this work is published in the scientific literature. MORE

Competitive Symposium 2017 October 19, 2017 — The Competitive Symposium held on 2-3 March 2017 is a new initiative of the WMD Center designed to leverage the three components of the Center’s mandate together with our WMD expertise on staff and growing cadre of next-generation military and civilian leaders with knowledge of the WMD threat—the Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) and the Countering WMD Graduate Fellows Program. MORE

North Korean Collapse: Weapons of Mass Destruction Use and Proliferation Challenges August 30, 2017 — Among all the challenges associated with a North Korean collapse, the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or movement of WMD out of the country will have the largest strategic implications. MORE

A New Approach to Eliminating North Korean Weapons of Mass Destruction is Needed July 31, 2017 — Preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) against the United States and its allies has long been a paramount security objective for Washington with increased urgency since 9/11. MORE

CSWMD Academic Catalog 2017 February 1, 2017 — CSWMD academic programs fall into three different categories: professional development programs, NDUand other JPME courses, and public offerings. Professional development programs are available only to thosewho meet the minimum requirements laid out for each program, apply to the program and are accepted. JPMEcourses are available only to students MORE

Anthrax in America: A Chronology and Analysis of the Fall 2001 Anthrax Attacks November 1, 2002 — This paper describes the 2001 anthrax attacks on the United States and provides a one-year snapshot of the attacks and subsequent response. MORE

Bioterrorism and Biocrimes: the Illicit Use of Biological Arms in the 20th century February 1, 2001 — This working paper is an updated study of research that began in 1998; it provides a descriptive analysis of the illicit use of biological agents by criminals and terrorists in the 20th century and draws on a series of specific case studies. MORE