International Experts Assess Non-conventional Terrorism Threat
Defense Daily; HERZLIYA, Israel--Experts from the U.S. and Israel met here last month to discuss the threat of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) terrorism and ways to defend against an array of scenarios, with opinions ranging on the likelihood of different types of attacks.
"It still couldn't be easier to launch a terrorist attack in this fashion," Leonard Cole, a bio-terrorism expert from Rutgers University says about a biological weapon scenario similar to the anthrax event that paralyzed parts of the U.S. in 2001. As the U.S. then learned this lesson, so too did its potential adversaries, he adds.
Cole was a panelist on the subject at the annual conference on terrorism's global impact hosted by the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
Cole says biological threats are different compared to nuclear and chemical ones because such agents can reproduce and become more dangerous over time instead of dissipating.