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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

2002 Reports

  • B-52H Re-Engining Defense Science Board December 2002 - The task force recommends the DoD implement the following actions to produce a promptly executable B-52 Re-engining program, recalibrate the expected lifetime of the airframe and quantify the logistics assets that could be redeployed to satisfy shortfalls elsewhere.
  • NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE: IRAQ'S CONTINUING PROGRAMS FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION [EXCERPTS] October 2002 -- As Released by The White House on July 18, 2003 -- "We judge that Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in defiance of UN resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade. (See INR alternative view at the end of these Key Judgments.)"
  • Iraq's Chemical Warfare Program Defense Intelligence Agency Released in June 2003 -- The declassified section on Iraq's chemical warfare program from the September 2002 classified Defense Intelligence Agency study. [PDF 82 Kb]
  • MIDDLE EAST OVERVIEW, 18 October 2002 -- The Powerpoint Presentation provides Army Support Squadron Officers a current situational overview covering the Middle-East Theater of Operations.
  • The Soviet Union's Bio-Weapon Program By Joseph H. White, American Military University Oct. 2002
  • Human Performance of Military Tasks While Wearing Chemical Protective Clothing By Bernard J. Fine, 23 September 2002 -- "The purpose of this letter is to provide you with a brief overview of the ability of U.S. troops to function in a chemical-biological warfare environment in the hope that it will raise in your mind the advisability of asking certain questions of those in the administration who are so eager to wage war using other people's children (...) A worst case scenario can only predict a disaster of major proportions. Wearing chemical protective clothing while under enemy fire in a hot ambient temperature is a stress of the very highest order"
  • Iraq Country Handbook September 2002 -- This handbook provides basic reference information on Iraq, including its geography, history, government, military forces, and communications and transportation networks. This information is intended to familiarize military personnel with local customs and area knowledge to assist them during their assignment to Iraq. This product reflects the coordinated U.S. Defense Intelligence Community position on Iraq.
  • Iran's Strategic Culture and Weapons of Mass Destruction -- Implications of US Policy Anthony C. Cain, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF -- Air War College Maxwell Paper No. 26 MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, ALABAMA April 2002
  • The Implications of Weapons of Mass Destruction For Peacekeeping Operations May 2002 (MS Word File, 91 Kb)
  • Beyond Nunn-Lugar: Curbing the Next Wave of Weapons Proliferation Threats from Russia Edited by Mr. Thomas Riisager, Mr. Henry D. Sokolski. Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College April 2002
  • Proliferation von Massenvernichtungsmitteln und Trägerraketen Bundesnachrichtendienst February 2002 (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 381 Kb)
  • Nuclear Bunker Busters Geoffrey Forden Breakthroughs Spring 2002 - Practical considerations limit bomb penetration depths to about 30 meters of rock. Burying a nuclear bomb even a small distance below the surface greatly increases the fraction of energy coupled to the earth. The required depth of burst to contain the light from a nuclear explosion, and change most of that energy to ground motion, increases as the bomb's yield increases. The surrounding earth absorbs nearly all of the explosive energy released by a one-kiloton (KT) bomb's initial pulse of intense light if it is buried even five meters underground.
  • Annual Report to Congress on the Safety and Security of Russian Nuclear Facilities and Military Forces National Intelligence Council Feb 2002 -- Congress has directed the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) to submit to the Congressional leadership and intelligence committees an annual, unclassified report assessing the safety and security of the nuclear facilities and military forces in Russia.

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