Archive for October 10th, 2007

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Threats

It’s interesting to chart the evolution of the U.S. military defenses against unconventional weapons. Back in WWI and WWII, chemical and biological threats were lumped together as “chemical” threats. By the time of the cold war, nuclear weapons had been added to the mix, producing the memorable acronym NBC. In recent years, the threat of “dirty bombs” added a new letter to the mix, and CBRN threats got lumped together. Sometime in the last decade, apparently in the midst of post-9/11 hysteria over the threat of suicide bombers, package and letter bombs, car bombs, and similar perceived threats, another letter got added to the mix – CBRNE.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, History, Security | on October 10th, 2007 | 1 Comment »