The Cold War phrase “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) continues to be used despite significant changes in international political cultures, military concepts of operation, and technology advances. Today, the term is used to address many things, from grams of ricin and barrels of industrial chemicals to megaton nuclear weapons. By referring to all nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons as well as biological, chemical and radiological hazards as “WMD,” we have lost the ability to accurately develop, assess, and discuss policy concerns relating to the contemporary use of unconventional weapons.
In this book, Albert J. Mauroni uses a public policy framework to examine how the U.S. government, and in particular the U.S. military, should address the potential use of unconventional weapons in the 21st century. He defines the problem, identifies the policy actors and reviews policy options. Mauroni discusses past policy efforts and offers a critical review of current strategies and how WMD issues are integrated into the current military Joint Operating Concepts – deterrence, cooperative security, major combat operations, irregular warfare, stability, and homeland security – and proposes a new national framework for countering WMD. His aim is to answer such questions as what does counter-proliferation mean and whether the U.S. government is adequately prepared to protect its citizens and its armed forces from adversaries developing unconventional weapons.
Al Mauroni is the Director of the U.S. Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He oversees education and research on issues related to nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons at the Air University. With more than 30 years of experience in countering weapons of mass destruction (C-WMD) policy and program development, he has also coordinated joint concepts, strategic plans, information papers and budget analyses within the areas of passive defense, consequence management, and homeland defense/civil support.
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More About the Speakers
Albert J. Mauroni
Author of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction: Assessing the U.S. Government’s Policy
Director, Center for National Defense