Academic journal article Military Review

Future War and Counter-Proliferation: U.S. Military Responses to NBC Proliferation Threats

Academic journal article Military Review

Future War and Counter-Proliferation: U.S. Military Responses to NBC Proliferation Threats

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FUTURE WAR AND COUNTERPROLIFERATION: U.S. Military Responses to NBC Proliferation Threats, Barry R. Schneider, Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 1999, 229 pages, $59.95.

Out of his wealth of experience as a professor, strategic analyst and foreign affairs officer, Barry R. Schneider has produced a virtual textbook of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) possessed by today's repressive states-and potential terrorists-including inherent nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) threats. Schneider provides some of the most impressive opensource maps situating NBC complexes and infrastructures; diagrams or tables estimating potential enemy missile ranges; and charts depicting air base survivability vis-a-vis WMD missile strikes.

Schneider underscores the fact that if international agreements or other means to forestall WMD production and proliferation falter, weapons programs could be reinitiated within a short time with relatively low-cost delivery means such as tactical ballistic or cruise missiles. Simply put, a state's economic weakness does not necessarily equate to military weakness.

Schneider also assesses US shortfalls in preparedness for protection against NBC attack and provides sound and well-reasoned advice on how the US can prevent such attacks. Because US forces continue to operate from far-flung bases and operating locations, the section on dispersed forces is one of Schneider's most immediately germane discussions. …

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