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Intelligence Estimates of Nuclear Terrorism

Micah Zenko
The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Vol. 607, Confronting the Specter of Nuclear Terrorism (Sep., 2006), pp. 87-102
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25097841
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Nuclear terrorism is not a post-9/11 or even post-cold war phenomenon. In fact, this review of declassified intelligence estimates spanning the past five decades reveals that the prospect of a clandestine nuclear attack on the United States-be it from the Soviet Union, China, or al Qaeda-has been a regular concern for U.S. officials since the advent of nuclear weapons. Although the estimates themselves have been a mixed bag of quiet successes and failures, this article's key findings suggest that the threat of nuclear terrorism is very real and that the U.S. government remains ill prepared to counter that treat.

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