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Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger

Ashton Carter, John Deutch and Philip Zelikow
Foreign Affairs
Vol. 77, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1998), pp. 80-94
DOI: 10.2307/20049132
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20049132
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Abstract

The specter of weapons of mass destruction being used against America looms larger today than at any time since the Cuban missile crisis. The World Trade Center bombing scarcely hints at the enormity of the danger. America is prepared only for conventional terrorism, not a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons catastrophe. With the right approach and organization, however, the United States can be ready. Herewith a plan to reorganize the U.S. government to ensure that it can handle the threats of the next century.

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