Friday, December 19, 2008

MSNBC reports on new book on nuclear forensics


Robert Windrem, a senior executive news producer for NBC news, has a provocative story on MSNBC “Doomsday detectives battle nuclear terrorism: New book outlines U.S. strategy for determining source of a possible attack”, with link here. The book in question is by Jeffrey T. Richelson and is named “Defusing Armageddon”, to be published Jan 5 2009 by W.W. Norton, 416 pages.

In the event of a nuclear blast anywhere in the world, investigators would be able to track back the origin of the device with forensics and trace the source of the original HEU or plutonium. This is more likely to be achievable than complete prevention of a nuclear device (or EMP blast).

The MSNBC story has links to the earlier report about the greater than 50-50 chance of a WMD attack on the United States by 2013, from the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation, as well as (perhaps a bit alarmingly) a link on how a bomb is built. I won’t repeat that link.

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