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Abstract

The past several years have seen an increase in the use of toxic weapons — i.e., inexpensive and easily acquired chemicals and industrial waste — on the part of state as well as nonstate actors. Nonetheless, little analysis has been done on the nature and extent of this threat either to the military or to the U.S. homeland. This report examines the implications of toxic weapon use for military planning and concludes that such weapons merit further analysis.

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"This report looks at inexpensive ways terrorists, non-state actors, and rogue states can threaten U.S. forces and civilians using common industrial compounds… [It] also recommends that first-responders incorporate such a scenario in their disaster drills. This report will stimulate your thoughts and could lead you to discovering new ways of dealing with this threat from a medical perspective."

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