Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2008

The CBRN System: Assessing the threat of terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons in the UK

Dr Paul Cornish

February 2007

Chatham House


This paper draws upon material available in the public domain to address three questions:

The Report concludes that the CBRN system offers all that might be required for a range of terrorist groups from the largest to the smallest, from the almost casual to the most determined and organized, and from the poorest to the best funded.

It follows that the CBRN threat should be understood as well and as widely as possible.