Nations around the world are understandably concerned that weapons of mass destruction — from Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons to growing arsenals of nuclear weapons in North Korea and Pakistan — could be used with horrific consequences by threatened regimes, or even obtained by terrorists groups.
In response, the United States government has invested tens of billions of dollars over the past two decades to help secure weapons, the materials necessary to build them, and the know-how to assemble them. But in an era of declining budgets and potentially growing threats, the likelihood for miscalculation, theft, or even the deliberate use of a weapon of mass destruction is mounting.
What else can be done?
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This op-ed first appeared in the International Business Times on June 11, 2013.
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