CREATORMedalia, Jonathan
TITLETerrorist "Dirty Bombs": A Brief Primer
DATE ACCESSED16 March 2017

This succinct report discusses the technical aspects and effectiveness of Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs), which when utilizing explosives are often known as “dirty bombs.” The author, a national defense specialist, treats RDD designs, factors influencing an RDD’s effectiveness, damage estimates, and the goals terrorists might try to achieve with the use of RDDs. He recommends preventative safety measures, including securing radioactive materials and detecting RDDs, as well as having a prepared response in case of an attack. In addition, the report provides brief descriptions of radiation, the differences between RDDs and nuclear weapons, the biological effects of ionizing radiation, and sources of radioactive materials.

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