Bioweapons Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Bioweapons
An overview of biological weapons including policy, changes and their effectiveness.
# 148255 | 1,252 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2011 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)


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Description:

This paper discusses how bioweapons have been in use since ancient times and will likely be a part of the warfare landscape for the near future. The paper also looks at how policy changes need to address the challenges the current Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) has with monitoring and enforcing of the convention and how in particular, the United State's biodefense policy also needs to be revamped.

Outline:
Brief Overview of Biological Weapons
Summary of Biological Weapons Policy, Changes and its Effectiveness
The Best Policy Going Forward
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The threat of bioweapons is not driven solely from technological advancements, but also from political motivators, and as such both factors must be taken into consideration when considering the best policy going forward. Guillemin described two levels of threat when discussing the technology for biological weaponry. First is the residual threat that stems from the previous bioweapons programs from countries in the past, including the United States and the Soviet Union. In these programs bioweapons featuring anthrax, tularemia, plague, and other infectious diseases were developed. Second is the threat from innovations in science, especially human genetics and neurology. It is feared that these sciences will be exploited the same way physics and chemistry was exploited for the development of military weaponry in past centuries."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Guillemin, J. "Germ Warfare Under the Microscope." Futurist 42(3) May/Jun 2008: p. 31. MasterFILE Premier. EBSCOHost. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. April 22, 2009 <http://web.ebscohost.com>.
  • Kelle, A. "Strengthening the Effectiveness of the BTW Control Regime - Feasibility and Options." Contemporary Security Policy 24(2) Aug 2003: p. 95-132. MasterFILE Premier. EBSCOHost. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. April 22, 2009 <http://web.ebscohost.com>.
  • Kellman, B. "Bioviolence: A Growing Threat." Futurist 42(3) May/Jun 2008: p. 25-30. MasterFILE Premier. EBSCOHost. University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. April 22, 2009 <http://web.ebscohost.com>.

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