Political Issues: Weapons of Mass Destruction


A weapon of mass destruction (WMD) is a weapon that can kill large numbers of humans and/or cause great damage to man-made structures (e.g. buildings), natural structures (e.g. mountains), or the biosphere in general. The scope and application of the term has evolved and been disputed, often signifying more politically than technically. Coined in reference to aerial bombing with chemical explosives, it has come to distinguish large-scale weaponry of other technologies, such as chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear. This differentiates the term from more technnical ones such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons (CRBN).

Weapons of Mass Destruction Information

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat
The chief threat to the security of the U.S. is no longer a rival superpower. Today, America is immediately threatened by terrorist groups, especially if they seek to use nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons against our nation.

Wikipedia: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Hyperlinked article about WMD, the weapons designed to kill large numbers of people.

China’s Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Current Policy Issues
Text of a May 2001 report by Shirley A. Kan.