The Effect of a Radiological Dispersion Device

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The Effect a Radiological Dispersion Device The abundance of nuclear weapons or radiological dispersal devices that terrorist groups have is perhaps one of the most terrifying threats to U.S. security. Radiological dispersal devices (RDD) are also known as dirty bombs. They are made of radioactive material combined with conventional explosives. They are intended to use explosive strength to scatter radioactive material over a large area (Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) / Dirty Bombs, 2009). Around the world, there are a lot of sources of radioactive material that are not sheltered or not accounted for. Dishonest nations and terrorist groups can get hold of these materials for dirty bombs. These volatile weapons may primarily kill a few people in the direct area of the blast but are utilized primarily to create psychological rather than physical damage by stirring up panic and terror. Their utilization would also consequence in expensive cleanup for decontamination (Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) / Dirty Bombs, 2009). Typically, an RDD would be utilized to inflict psychological effects, rather than to achieve a military or strategic goal. A military use might be area denial, where an RDD is employed to contaminate an area to dissuade an enemy force from occupying that area. The psychological effects like expectation, terror, over-reaction and training costs are much more effective than actual use, therefore the appeal to terrorist groups in conjunction with
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