When terrorists fight dirty : the likely magnitude of a terrorist radiological attack in the United States
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. This study examines the threat of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) attack against a major US city, and explores the various methods for measuring the scale of the threat to determine which best applies to a real world scenario. First, the research will examine past terrorist and lone actors' attempts to construct an RDD, compared to an overview of the types and amounts of radioactive material currently missing in the United States. An analysis of these two datasets will allow for a determination on the most likely type and scale of RDD attack that could be carried out in the United States using currently available materials. This type and scale of attack will then be compared to existing methods of RDD measurability, and will propose additional sub-categories to these scales to more effectively address the most likely real-world scenario.
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