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Aum Shinrikyo: The Example Of CBRN Attacks

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The example of Aum Shinrikyo demonstrates that CBRN attacks require enourmous investments, without any guarantee of success. Aum Shinrikyo was a well financed and well coordinated terrorist organization totaling between $300 million and $1 billion dollars and some 10,000 to 60,000 members including expert scientists. Despite its intellectual and financial resources, the group failed on several occasions to disseminate biological agents prior to 1995. Furthermore, the sarin attack failed because of the weakness of their delivery mechanism, which only caused 12 casualties while it could have created thousands.
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