Chemical and Biological Warfare

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Tests and Accidents

In 1992, after serving seventeen years as head of Russia's Biopreparat, the agency charged with developing and producing biological weapons, Ken Alibek (formerly Kanatjan Alibekov) defected with his family to the United States. There he revealed to the U.S. government the extent of the Russian Federation's biological and chemical weapons programs. Although American authorities knew that the Russians had continued developing and storing chemical and biological weapons even after agreeing to scuttle those programs and destroy their stockpiles, the programs Alibek described went far beyond anything imagined. The Soviets had stored tons of chemical and biological weapons and maintained active programs where chemical and biological agents were perfected, tested, and produced. In his book, Biohazard, Alibek describes an island in

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Part I - [Man's Inhumanity to Man 7
  • 2 - The Bioterror Attacks of 2001 23
  • 3 - The Major Biological Weapons and Their Effects 37
  • 4 - The Major Chemical Weapons and Their Effects 54
  • Part II - An Old Scourge Made New 64
  • 6 - Tests and Accidents 79
  • 7 - Protecting Soldiers from Chemical and Biological Weapons 88
  • Part III - Current Events and Policy Options 96
  • 9 - Cheaters and Remedies 112
  • 10 - Protecting Ourselves and the World 121
  • Notes 130
  • Further Information 137
  • Bibliography 139
  • Index 140
  • About the Author 144
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