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Citation

Steinhausler F. Am. Behav. Sci. 2003; 46(6): 782-795.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2003, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0002764202239174

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

There is justified concern that terrorists may use nuclear or other radioactive material to commit an act of terrorism. However, there are multiple barriers to be overcome by a terrorist to actually be able to deploy such a weapon. This article discusses four threat scenarios involving nuclear and other radioactive materials: radioactive dispersion with criminal intent, radiological malevolence, attack on a nuclear power plant, and nuclear weapons. Altogether, 16 attack modes are identified with largely different logistical and technical requirements for their implementation. However, none of them should be considered as out of realm for a dedicated terror organization with a certain degree of sophistication.

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