Cover: The potential terrorist threat to commercial nuclear facilities

The potential terrorist threat to commercial nuclear facilities

Published 1988

by Bruce Hoffman

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This paper presents testimony delivered in March 1988 to the Subcommittee on General Oversight and Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, summarizing the results of The RAND Corporation's recent research on the capabilities of terrorists who might be likely to attempt a takeover of a nuclear facility or the theft and misuse of a nuclear weapon. After reviewing terrorist trends in general and those of U.S.-based terrorist groups in particular, he determines that a threat to the U.S. nuclear domain is most likely to arise from right-wing extremists, but the chance of this occurring is small at present. Nevertheless, since terrorists would be inclined to target the least secure sites, the author recommends that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission upgrade its protection and amend its "design basis threat" to include terrorists' use of land vehicles.

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