Cbrn Essay

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English Research Paper As the United States continues the fight against international terrorist groups and the countries that support them, there is increasing fear that we will one day face the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Such weapons include biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological devices, and range from the silent threat of a chemical attack to a nuclear explosion. It was a solid fact that WMD (Weapons of mass Destruction) had killed millions of people during the world wars and other wars. As early as in the late 1930s and early 1940s.so the question remains why we still have WMDs. Before we answer this question, let’s take a look at different types of Weapon Systems. Biological Warfare Warfare involving biological weapons referred to along with chemical weapons as "the poor man's nuclear weapon “can range from putting deadly substances in the nation's food supply to the aerosolized release of a contagious virus over a city the size of New York or San Francisco. Biological weapons often take weeks or months to take their toll. Public health systems often can't pinpoint bioterrorism right away, because symptoms often mirror a person with the common cold or the flu. Biological weapons can be aerosolized. These weapons can also be put into food or water supplies, where they would be ingested. Many will also cause harm if they contact human skin. Chemical Warfare . Chemical agents are classified by the symptoms they cause, such as blistering and nerve agents. Skin contact, inhalation or eye contact is possible delivery systems. Chemicals can also be deployed by l handheld agricultural sprayers, crop dusters, spray tanks on aircraft or ships, munitions delivered in gravity bombs, or in warheads on ballistic or cruise missiles. Water and food contamination is also possible. Then there's the simple delivery system of opening a container full
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