This course reviews key elements of Weapons of Mass Destruction technology and introduces characteristics and motivations of terrorist groups that might acquire and use WMD. It will familiarize the students with critical issues being debated about the WMD terrorist threat and place that threat into a broader political and strategic context. The course will also discuss various measures for coping with (preventing or responding to) terrorist attacks using WMD. In addition, it will cover how to collect information about this topic, how to analyze it and how to prepare reports about this topic for government decision makers.
Define key technological terms and concepts that are needed to discuss and analyze WMD terrorism. Employ the most accepted definitions of terrorism and terrorists. Assemble the best sources of information about WMD terrorism.
Assess and discuss new ways to think about and analyze WMD terrorism.
Discuss and analyze key concepts and issues integral to the WMD terrorist threat including terrorist capabilities and motivations.
Effectively prepare reports for higher levels about WMD terrorism.
Identify and discuss key case studies in WMD terrorism.
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