Detailed Assessment of a Significant Potential Terrorist WMD Attack

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Detailed Assessment of a Significant Potential Terrorist WMD Attack Objective The objective of this study is to provide a detailed assessment of how a significant terrorist WMD attack might be conducted. This work in writing will indicate the materials that might be used, the potential targets, and probable forms of attack. For the purpose of this study the scenario undertaken will be one in which a 'dirty bomb' comprised of radiological components was brought into the six leading ports in the United States handling containers. There would be enough radiological material to contaminate any large city, as well as the surrounding area for 10 square miles. This would shut down the five major ports, contaminate the area for months to come, injure, or kill hundreds and devastate the economy of the United States for months to come. Let alone the fear and panic it would instill in the public at large. All of these dirty bombs would exploded simultaneously this would be an all-out effort by Al Qaeda. The five busiest container ports in the US are those stated as follows with accompanying population totals for each port: (1) Los Angeles, CA 6,748,995 (2) Long Beach, CA: 5,067,597 (3) New York/New Jersey 4,561,527 (4) Oakland, CA: 2,050,030 (5) Houston, TX: 1,797,198 (6) Hampton Roads, VA: 1,745,228 Introduction The work of Matusiak (2012) reports that one way that one might conceptualize terrorism "is communication amplified by violence. Since the bombing of Japan

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