CREATORBarnaby, Frank
TITLEDirty Bombs and Primitive Nuclear Weapons
DATE ACCESSED17 February 2017

This web-based report evaluates the effects of radiological weapons, or “dirty bombs,” and terrorist-developed primitive nuclear devices. It notes that the potential effects of dirty bombs are minimal for human casualties, but may generate unprecedented fear and social disruption. In contrast, primitive nuclear devices, constructed from stolen reprocessed spent fuel from nuclear reactors, even in their most rudimentary form, could destroy the center of a city and have radiation aftereffects. Additionally, the report gives suggestions for precautionary measures to prevent terrorists from obtaining materials for nuclear bombs or radiological weapons, particularly mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel of combined plutonium and uranium oxides. The author, Frank Barnaby, is a nuclear physicist who has written extensively on military technologies. The report is a briefing paper of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental organization based in the United Kingdom that specializes in global security issues and political decision making.

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