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Barriers to BioweaponsThe Challenges of Expertise and Organization for Weapons Development$
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Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452888

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452888.001.0001

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Preventing Bioweapons Developments

Preventing Bioweapons Developments

Policy Implications

(p.144) Chapter 7 Preventing Bioweapons Developments
Barriers to Bioweapons

Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter claims that the book's case studies offer an interesting gradation of variables and illustrate the importance of analyzing their effects as they interact to achieve a realistic assessment of a program's outcome. More importantly, the case studies underscore the difficulty of producing working bioweapons. The fragility and unpredictability of microorganisms require that state and nonstate actors implement meticulous organization, management, and sustained coordination. Working to achieve bioweapons, therefore, is not a straightforward input and output process, in which access to material resources automatically produces the desired outcome. It is instead a sustenance challenge, which requires solving a complex set of social and technical problems.

Keywords:   bioweapons, variables, microorganisms, nonstate actors, material resources, technical problems

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