AUTHORRichelson, Jeffrey T.
TITLEDefusing Armageddon: Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad
PUBLISHERW.W. Norton & Company
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2009
ISBN978-0-393-06515-2


The subject of this book is the little known Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST), an organization formed in the 1970s to locate and disable nuclear weapons or radiological dispersive devices. In the first part of the book, the author introduces the work of NEST scientists and staff engaged in investigating threats involving nuclear devices or radioactive materials from terrorist organizations, extortionists, or other nations. The book presents detailed, readable accounts of incidents involving NEST, such as a response to a 1975 extortion attempt in California and the crash of a nuclear-powered Soviet spy satellite in Canada in 1978, among others. The book also explains numerous exercises designed to test the readiness of the organization. The final chapters address current threats facing the United States and the role of NEST in combating them.


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