2nd Edition

Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism

ISBN 9781138381407
Published September 10, 2018 by CRC Press
604 Pages 158 B/W Illustrations

USD $69.95

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Book Description

Traditionally, resources on terrorism and counterterrorism tend to focus on the social, behavioral, and legal aspects of the subject, with minimal emphasis on the scientific and technological aspects. Taking into account these practical considerations, the second edition of Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counterterrorism discusses the nature of terrorism and the materials used by terrorists. It describes how intelligence professionals and law enforcement personnel can detect and destroy these materials, and how they can deal with terrorist groups.

This volume begins by introducing the shift in analysis of terrorist attacks after September 11, 2001 and summarizes selected case studies. It discusses the origin and nature of terrorism and the factors involved in diplomacy. Covering a broad range of topics, the book examines:

  • Aerosol dispersion of toxic materials
  • Bioterrorism and the manufacture, detection, and delivery of biological agents
  • Agricultural terrorism
  • Nuclear terrorism and nuclear weapons systems, threats, and safeguards
  • Chemical terrorism, including manufacture, detection, delivery, and decontamination
  • Cyber-terrorism
  • Personal protective equipment
  • The role of government at federal, state, and local levels
  • The role of international agencies and their resources, capabilities, and responsibilities
  • The National Infrastructure Protection Plan

As terrorist activities increase globally, it is critical that those charged with protecting the public understand the myriad of ways in which terrorists operate. While we cannot predict where, when, and how terrorists will strike, our vigilance in staying abreast of the terrorist threat is the only way to have a fighting chance against those who seek to destroy our world.

Table of Contents

Introduction, D. S. Viswanath

A Brief Theory of Terrorism and Technology, H. K. Tillema

The Group Psychology of Terrorism, M. A. Diamond

Aerosols: Fundamentals, S. K. Loyalka and R. V. Tompson, Jr.

Biological Terrorism: Effects, Toxicity, and Effectiveness, G. D. Christensen

Biological Terrorism: Classification and Manufacture, M. A. Prelas

Biological Terrorism: Weaponization and Delivery Systems, M. A. Prelas

Biological Terrorism: Sensors and Detection Systems, T. K. Ghosh and M. A. Prelas

Biological Terrorism: Consequences and Medical Preparedness, L. D. Ormerod

Biological Terrorism: Preparation for Response—What the Government Can Do in Defending the Homeland, M. C. Warwick

Agroterrorism: Agroeconomic Bioterrorism, K. A. Hickey

Agroterrorism: Attributes and Implications of High-Impact Targets in U.S. Agriculture, K. Thompson

Nuclear Terrorism: Nature of Radiation, W. H. Miller

Nuclear Terrorism: Radiation Detection, W. H. Miller

Nuclear Terrorism: Radiation Detectors—Applications in Homeland Security, T. K. Ghosh, M. A. Prelas, and R. V. Tompson, Jr.

Nuclear Terrorism: Dose and Biological Effects, W. H. Miller and R. Lindsay

Nuclear Terrorism: Nuclear Weapons, S. K. Loyalka

Nuclear Terrorism: Threats and Countermeasures, S. K. Loyalka and M. A. Prelas

Chemical Terrorism: Classification, Synthesis, and Properties, D. S. Viswanath and T. K. Ghosh

Chemical Terrorism: Toxicity, Medical Management, and Mitigation, L. D. Ormerod

Chemical Terrorism: Destruction and Decontamination, D. S. Viswanath and T. K. Ghosh

Chemical Terrorism: Sensors and Detection Systems, M. A. Prelas and T. K. Ghosh

Chemical Terrorism: Weaponization and Delivery System, M. A. Prelas and T. K. Ghosh

Chemical Terrorisms: Threats and Countermeasures, L. D. Ormerod, T. K. Ghosh, and D. S. Viswanath

Cyber-Terrorism, H. W. Tyrer

Personal Protective Equipment, G. P. Jirka and W. Thompson

National Response Plan and Preparedness, T. K. Ghosh

Government and Voluntary Agencies, J. A. Bentz and T. M. Crocker

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan, A. Krotman, J. R. Ballo, and M. C. Warwick


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Tushar K. Ghosh and Mark A. Prelas are professors of nuclear engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU). Sudarshan K. Loyalka is a nuclear engineering and chemical engineering professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dabir S. Viswanath is an emeritus professor and Dowell chair of chemical engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Intelligently presented and thoroughly referenced and indexed, the book offers a good balance of scientific and managerial information. Through an examination of the history of terrorism, the editors present a series of questions to assist in the development of prevention and emergency management programs. The first chapter looks at the link between the use of technology and the larger concept of terrorism. … Subsequent, highly educational chapters explain biological, nuclear, chemical, agricultural, and cyber threats with ample definitions, tables, and diagrams. Each provides helpful perspectives for decision and policy makers regarding assessments, prevention, and intervention. … The text is highly recommended to security professionals who seek a broader understanding of terrorist threats and technical countermeasures.
—Paul H. Aube, B.Sc., CPP, CAS (Certified Antiterrorism Specialist) in Security Management, January 2011