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Assessment of the emerging biocruise threat

Author: Rex Raymond Kiziah; USAF Counterproliferation Center.
Publisher: Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : USAF Counterproliferation Center, Air War College, Air University, [2000]
Series: Counterproliferation papers., Future warfare series ;, no. 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The rogue nations--Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Syria--are pursuing the acquisition of land-attack cruise missiles as part of a mix of aircraft, ballistic- and cruise-missile long-range strike forces. A major reason for these acquisitions is that a land-attack cruise missile configured to disseminate biological warfare agents comprises a technically and economically attractive, yet highly lethal weapon of  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Kiziah, Rex Raymond.
Assessment of the emerging biocruise threat
(OCoLC)61329318
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rex Raymond Kiziah; USAF Counterproliferation Center.
OCLC Number: 46913963
Notes: "August 2000."
Description: vii, 63 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Disclaimer --
The author --
Acknowledgments --
List of illustrations --
List of tables --
Abstract.
Series Title: Counterproliferation papers., Future warfare series ;, no. 6.
Responsibility: by Rex R. Kiziah.

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"The rogue nations--Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, and Syria--are pursuing the acquisition of land-attack cruise missiles as part of a mix of aircraft, ballistic- and cruise-missile long-range strike forces. A major reason for these acquisitions is that a land-attack cruise missile configured to disseminate biological warfare agents comprises a technically and economically attractive, yet highly lethal weapon of mass destruction. Such a weapon system serves as a lever of strategic power available to rogue nations who want to deter, constrain or harm the U.S. and its allies, but of necessity, must challenge the conventionally superior Western forces via asymmetric means. Aiding the rogue nations₂ pursuit of these biological weapon systems are the dual-use nature and availability of the materials, technologies, and equipment for producing biological warfare agents and the widespread proliferation of the enabling technologies for land-attack cruise missiles, such as satellite navigation and guidance; compact, highly-efficient engines; and composite, low-observable airframe materials. With these technologies and some limited foreign assistance from countries such as China and Russia, many of the rogue nations can indigenously produce land-attack cruise missiles. Also, they will increasingly be able to directly purchase these missiles. The number of countries other than the U.S. that will be producing advanced, long-range, land-attack cruise missiles will increase from two to nine within the next decade, and some producers are expected to make them available for export. Or, they can choose to convert antiship cruise missiles, which have been widely proliferated and are in the rogue states₂ military arsenals, into land-attack missiles. With the abundant proliferation pathways for biological warfare agents and land-attack cruise missiles, it is quite probable that by the 2005 timeframe one or more of the rogue nations will possess a long-range, land-attack cruise missile for use as a biological weapon system (biocruise) against the U.S. and its allies and their worldwide military operations."--Page vii.

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