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Biological weapons are the least well understood of the so-called weapons of mass destruction. Unlike nuclear and chemical weapons, biological weapons are composed of, or derived from, living organisms. In Living Weapons, Gregory D. Koblentz provides a comprehensive analysis of the unique challenges that biological weapons pose for international security. At a time when the United States enjoys overwhelming conventional military superiority, biological weapons have emerged as an attractive means for less powerful states and terrorist groups to wage asymmetric warfare. Koblentz also warns that advances in the life sciences have the potential to heighten the lethality and variety of biological weapons. The considerable overlap between the equipment, materials and knowledge required to develop biological weapons, conduct civilian biomedical research, and develop biological defenses creates a multiuse dilemma that limits the effectiveness of verification, hinders civilian oversight, and complicates threat assessments. Living Weapons draws on the American, Soviet, Russian, South African, and Iraqi biological weapons programs to enhance our understanding of the special challenges posed by these weapons for arms control, deterrence, civilian-military relations, and intelligence. Koblentz also examines the aspirations of terrorist groups to develop these weapons and the obstacles they have faced. Biological weapons, Koblentz argues, will continue to threaten international security until defenses against such weapons are improved, governments can reliably detect biological weapon activities, the proliferation of materials and expertise is limited, and international norms against the possession and use of biological weapons are strengthened. -- Publisher Description

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Living weapons
biological warfare and international security
Gregory D. Koblentz.

Published 2009 by Cornell University Press in Ithaca .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction : the threat of biological weapons
Offense, defense, and deterrence
Verification
Oversight
Intelligence
Biological terrorism
Conclusion : reducing the danger posed by biological weapons

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Series
Cornell studies in security affairs

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
358/.38
Library of Congress
UG447.8 .K637 2009

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xiii, 255 p.
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23081278M
ISBN 10
0801447682
ISBN 13
9780801447686
LC Control Number
2009005497
Library Thing
8849745
Goodreads
7311576

History

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