CRJ 3500: Weapons of Mass Destruction


The course provides an overview of a broad range of topics concerning the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, development, and terrorist use. The course context is structured to discuss the threat of WMD due to terrorism and rogue states’ development of WMD. The goal of the course is to inform the background history and technical concerns as well as how to deal with these concerns in the future.


  1. Understand the mindset for WMD technology development in World War I and World War II.
  2. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the development, scope, and principles of international law regulating WMD proliferation, and be able to evaluate the effectiveness of non-proliferation treaties in today’s environment.
  3. Explain the technology, types, effects, fabrication, development, and use of nuclear, biological, chemical, and agricultural weapons.
  4. Analyze terrorist threats, suspects, and counterterrorism operations concerning WMD and compare and contrast past events.
  5. Assess how terrorism, genetic engineering, bio warfare, and cyber terrorism may affect future prospects.
  6. Evaluate moral and ethical aspects of using WMD, the political and diplomatic aspects, and the effects on society and the environment.




Terrorism and WMDs: Awareness and response

Publisher: CRC Press (2011)
Author: Pichtel, J.
ISBN: 9781439851753
Price: $91.47

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