The covert NBC threat in historical perspective; NBC acquisition and covert delivery - technical possibilities and technical constraints; the threat of nuclear, biological or chemical attack by non-state actors; the threat of nuclear, biological or chemical attack by states; recommendations - an agenda for the American government.
An excellent and timely study that neither exaggerates nor underestimates the prospect of terrorist use of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. The authors' assessment of the threat is the most thorough, careful, and objective analysis available. If policymakers want to anticipate and prepare sensibly for a danger that becomes more real and present by the day, they should consult this book's recommendations. -- Martha Crenshaw, Professor of Government, Wesleyan University I know of no more incisive, detailed assessment of the growing threatof mass destruction terrorism than America's Achilles' Heel. This outstanding book is essential reading for anyone with aserious interest in American national security. -- U.S. Senator Richard Lugar
Richard A. Falkenrath is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He served as Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) and, before that, as a Research Fellow. He is the author and co-author of Shaping Europe's Military Order (1995), Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (1996), America's Achilles' Heel: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (1998), and numerous journal articles and chapters of edited volumes. Bradley A. Thayer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
"I know of no more incisive, detailed assessment of the growing threatof mass destruction terrorism than America's Achilles'Heel. This outstanding book is essential reading for anyone with aserious interest in American national security." U.S. SenatorRichard Lugar