Book Phantom menace or looming danger? : a new framework for assessing bioweapons threats / Kathleen M. Vogel.
Publication year: 2013.
Call Number JZ5865.B56 V64 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9781421407425 1421407426 9781421407432 1421407434
Extent: x, 374 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
The horrifying terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the anthrax strikes that soon followed gave the United States new reason to fear unconventional enemies and atypical weapons. These fears have prompted extensive research, study, and planning within the U.S. military, intelligence, and policy communities regarding potential attacks involving biological weapons. In Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?, Kathleen M. Vogel argues for a major shift in how analysts assess bioweapons threats. She calls for an increased focus on the social and political context in which technological threats are developed. Vogel uses case studies to illustrate her theory : Soviet anthrax weapons development, Iraqi mobile bioweapons labs, and two synthetic genomic experiments. She concludes with recommendations for analysts and policymakers to integrate socio political analysis with data analysis, thereby making U.S. bioweapon assessments more accurate.
Part I. The bioweapons threat and assessment problem. Bioweapons and national security -- Technological frames and narratives in U.S. bioweapons assessments and policymaking -- Part II. Science in a social context. Overview : the biosocial frame. Synthetic genomics, the biotech revolution, and bioterrorism -- Soviet bioweapons know-how and proliferation threats -- Part III. Analytic failures in bioweapons assessments. Overview : "Curveball" and the Iraqi mobile bioweapons threat. Expertise and analytic practice -- Current intelligence reporting and CIA analytic practice -- Secrecy and the production of the Iraqi mobile bioweapons threat -- Part IV. Alternative analytic solutions. A new knowledge model for bioweapons intelligence assessments -- Conclusion.