TERRORISM: COMMENTARY ON SECURITY DOCUMENTS VOLUME 119 Catastrophic Possibilities Threatening U.S. Security

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Terrorism: Commentary on Security Documents is a hardbound series that provides primary-source documents and expert commentary on the worldwide counter-terrorism effort. Among the documents collected are transcripts of Congressional testimony, reports by such federal government bodies as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and case law covering issues related to terrorism. Most volumes carry a single theme, and inside each volume the documents appear within topic-based categories. The series also includes a subject index and other indices that guide the user through this complex area of the law.

Volume 119, Catastrophic Possibilities Threatening U.S. Security, discusses the nightmare scenario of a catastrophic attack on the United States. While the U.S. national security apparatus remains focused on the "wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan and appears to be postulating a future international security environment defined largely by threats increasingly posed by weak, failing, and failed states, astute strategists are not discounting the possibility of a catastrophic attack on the United States. In this volume, Douglas Lovelace presents a number of documents that help describe, explain, and assess the nature and severity of the threat of a catastrophic attack. Offering expert commentary for each section, Lovelace groups the documents into three categories: Catastrophic Potentialities in the International Security Environment, Countering the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Materials, and Catastrophic Cyber Attack. Documents include a Department of Defense overview of the four categories of strategic challenges, a Government Accountability Office report addressing weapons of mass destruction and the actions needed to allocate resources for counterproliferation programs, and an insightful overview of the threat of catastrophic cyber-attack by the Department of Homeland Security. The commentary and primary sources in Volume 119 will apprise researchers and practitioners of international law and national security of the perils of a catastrophic attack against the United States posed by terrorists, radicals, state failure, and humanitarian disasters.

Table of Contents




Commentary by Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.

DOCUMENT NO. 1: Strategic Competition and Resistance in the 21st Century: Irregular, Catastrophic, Traditional, and Hybrid Challenges in Context, Nathan Freier, Army Strategic Studies Institute, May 2007

DOCUMENT NO. 2: Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development, Nathan Freier, U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute, November 2008

DOCUMENT NO. 3: From the New Middle Ages to a New Dark Age: the Decline of the State and U.S. Strategy, Phil Williams, U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute, June 2008


Commentary by Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.

DOCUMENT NO. 4: Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons, CRS Report RL32572, Amy F. Woolf, January 14, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 5: Nonproliferation and Threat Reduction Assistance: U.S. Programs in the Former Soviet Union, CRS Report RL31957, Amy F. Woolf, February 4, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 6: Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation and Security Issues, CRS Report RL34248, Paul K. Kerr & Mary Beth Nikitin, February 23, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 7: 2010 Resubmission of the U.S.-Russia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Further Actions Needed by State and Other Agencies to Improve the Review of the Classified Nuclear Proliferation Assessment, GAO Report 10-1039R, Gene Aloise, September 21, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 8: Securing Nuclear Materials: The 2010 Summit and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R41169, Mary Beth Nikitin, April 16, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 9: Combating Nuclear Smuggling: DHS Has Made Some Progress but Not Yet Completed a Strategic Plan for Its Global Nuclear Detection Efforts or Closed Identified Gaps, GAO Report 10-883T, Gene Aloise, June 30, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 10: Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Inadequate Communication and Oversight Hampered DHS Efforts to Develop an Advanced Radiography System to Detect Nuclear Materials, GAO Report 10-1041T, Gene Aloise & Stephen L. Caldwell, September 15, 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 11: Weapons of Mass Destruction: Actions Needed to Track Budget Execution for Counterproliferation Programs and Better Align Resources with Combating WMD Strategy, GAO Report 10-755R, Davi M. D'Agostino, September 28, 2010


Commentary by Douglas C. Lovelace, Jr.

DOCUMENT NO. 12: Cyber Storm II: Final Report, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Cyber Security Division, July 2009

DOCUMENT NO. 13: Cybersecurity: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Improve Research and Development, GAO Report 10-466, David A. Powner & Gregor C. Wilshusen, June 2010

DOCUMENT NO. 14 High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices: Threat Assessments, CRS Report RL32544, Clay Wilson, updated July 21, 2008


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