Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Attacks

Nuclear weapons represent a very serious threat. We know that when the atomic bomb was first developed and dropped in World War II, the world recognized the incredible damage that could be done. The after-effects included tremendous destruction, massive loss of life, and horrific, long-term injuries. We looked at our moral values as a nation and we decided we didn’t want to see that happen again. We don’t want to see it used, except in some extreme circumstance that we almost can’t imagine. Unfortunately, the technology to build such weapons now exists, and because of that, there has been a growing proliferation of nuclear capabilities across the world. The more this technology is available, the greater the threat is to the United States and its allies. Unilateral disarmament doesn’t solve the problem because it’s simply infeasible. It requires global cooperation, which we can neither achieve nor guarantee. There are lots of bad guys who, without the U.S. nuclear deterrent, could use nuclear weapons in military operations, as a tool of terror or to blackmail America and its allies. Source: Honorable Bill McCollum Chemical warfare has been employed most recently by Bashar Assad in Syria. Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against Iraq’s Kurdish minority and against Iran. The threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) compelled the U.S. to take preemptive action against Saddam Hussein’s regime. Recent entrants into the nuclear-weapons club include Pakistan and North Korea. Iran appears poised to join that list.

An article about plans for dramatic cuts in the nuclear deterrent
Defense Intelligence Agency testimony on threats to U.S. national security (pdf)
Terrorism (Next Section in ‘Theats to Our Security’)