Handbook of Chemical Warfare and Terrorism

Handbook of Chemical Warfare and Terrorism

Handbook of Chemical Warfare and Terrorism

Handbook of Chemical Warfare and Terrorism


The increased threat of chemical terrorism and warfare makes a quick, comprehensive guide more vital than ever. Forensic chemist Steven L. Hoenig has compiled information from diverse sources to produce this ready reference with details on various chemicals, including identification tips, symptoms and treatment procedures, protective gear necessary to counter each threat, and a step-by-step description of decontamination procedures.


In recent years, especially since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, the Gulf War, and the Japanese subway terrorist attack, the subject of chemical warfare has become commonplace. Numerous material has been written on the subject, most dealing with the subject at various points in history, its suspected use, the casualties from its use, the ethics of using chemical agents, and the politics surrounding the subject.

This book addresses the technical side of the subject. There is relatively little material easily available to the public regarding the scientific aspects. The majority of the material that is available has been written for the military by the military or by hazardous material (Hazmat) personnel.

Hopefully, this book gives the reader, in one handy source, a variety of material needed to understand what chemical warfare agents exist, how they can be delivered, how to protect against them, how to decontaminate them, and how to detect them.

The first chapter is meant to introduce the reader to the concept of chemical warfare. It covers a brief history of chemical warfare as well as the what other nations possess chemical warfare capabilities and those likely to. It also defines a chemical warfare agent is and the various classes into which they fall. A section also covers how various onditions affect the ability of chemical warfare agents to contaminate a given area and how they act in given circumstances. There is also a section of the terminology that is used throughout the second chapter.

Chapter 2 lists the different classes of chemical warfare agents. They fall into several categories—blister, blood, choking, incapacitating, nerve, tear, and vomit agents. Chemical agents have traditionally fallen into one of these

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