Based on your reading, discuss the problem caused by imperfect intelligence
about a potential adversary’s capabilities and intentions in obtaining and
using a WMD. Review the three views given in the textbook of when it is
appropriate to take military action in self-defense. Which camp do you fall in?
Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations
the three are
the strict constructionist school
the unilateralist school
the reasonable necessity school
Your textbook describes the challenges and mass hysteria that would be
present in a widespread biological attack. It also discusses the different
ways that people might react. Some will take themselves to the hospital
because they become psychosomatic, clogging the hospital with unnecessary
walk-in patients. On the other hand, others will refuse to be vaccinated and
will risk spreading the biological agent.
In addition, watch this short video segment on Responsible Reporting
of a Bioterrorism Attack (Segment 10 of 15) to get a better insight about
response to a hypothetical bioterrorism attack on a U.S. city.
Click here to view the video.
Click here to view the video transcript.
In this environment, what would you do if you were the decision-maker
following a widespread biological attack? Contrast the two models of public
health response discussed in the textbook (coercive and cooperative) to a
bioterrorism attack, and describe how they might be employed in a
bioterrorism attack response. Explain the process of decontamination and how
it impacts a bioterrorism event and the importance of tracking a
bioterrorism attack on the population.
Your assignment must be at least two pages in length and in APA style. You
are required to use at least one outside source besides the textbook. All
sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and
quoted material must have accompanying APA citations. Ensure that your
assignment begins with an introduction.
In one of this unit’s case studies from your textbook, “Predicting Peril of
the Peril of Prediction? Assessing the Risk of CBRN Terrorism,” Gregory
Koblentz discusses three different schools of thought regarding the likelihood
of a CBRN terrorist attack: optimism, pessimism, and pragmatism. He further
asserts that heuristics and biases play a role in which school of thought a
layperson or an expert might fall into.
Which school of thought do you fall into? What heuristics and biases do you
think have influenced your opinion? Is there anything that you found in this
reading that has made you question or rethink your opinion? Would a
quantitative risk assessment be helpful in determining the likelihood of a
terrorist chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive
(CBRNE) attack in the United States?
In this paper, consider the political, philosophical, and religious
perspectives of the various actors in the war on terror and how they affect
their perceptions of risk. Also, include a discussion of how future
technologies may affect major casualties concerning current nonproliferation
treaties and agreements and calculations, and document your reasoning.
This reflection paper should be a minimum of two pages in length and is an
opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the assignment. Reflection
writing is a great way to study because it increases your ability to remember
the course material.
Format your reflection paper using APA style. All sources used, including
the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have