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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Raja Menon (Editor)
Synopsis Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), present a serious danger in today’s world. This pertinent and topical volume takes a hard headed look at the threat that India could face these weapons. A great deal of literature exists on international regimes and their attempts to curb the proliferation of WMD. For a number of years the national effort seemed to be confined to relying solely oh these international regimes to ensure the safety of the nation. This book is groundbreaking in that it concentrates more on the protection of society and the armed forces against both state and non state actors armed with WMD, and less on the international regimes. Additionally, the book offers a detailed checklist for the formulation of a national strategy to protect the people of India from WMD agents, while suggesting a counter proliferation strategy. With contributions from leading analysts in the field, some of the important issues that are discussed here include: The danger that WMD poses to governments and to the populace at large; The actual threat of WMD and the scenarios that India needs to guard against; Whether India faces a greater WMD threat from state or non state actors; The possible protective measures that can be undertaken to guard against these threats; The position that the Indian government needs to take in international for a while addressing international initiatives to prevent the use of WMD. Unique in its content, among the strong points of this volume is the detailed description of efforts required to set up material and human resources to respond to such catastrophes. With its comprehensive coverage of both practical and policy issues, it will attract the attention of scholars, defence strategists and serving personnel in the armed forces.
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About the author

Raja Menon

Rear Admiral Raja Menon retired in 1994s Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). A submarine specialist, he pioneered the development of the new submarine arm of the Indian Navy, and was therefore exposed at an early stage to policy, finance and strategy. He was a member of the Arun Singh Committee to restructure the national defence set-up in India, as also a member of the Defence University Committee. Admiral Menon is visiting lecturer at all institutes of higher study of the Indian armed forces and was instrumental in organizing the first nuclear management course for Indian service officers. He is a consultant to the Indian Net Assessment Directorate. With two M.Sc. degrees in Defence Studies, Admiral Menon writes regularly for journals and newspapers in India and abroad. His publications include Maritime Strategy and Continental Wars (1988), A Nuclear Strategy for India (2000), and The Indian Navy: A Photo Essay (2000). Married to a well-known painter, the Menons have two grown up sons. Admiral Menon is a keen sailor, golfer, vintage car owner and weekend farmer.

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Title Weapons of Mass Destruction
Author Raja Menon
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178294257
length 278p., Index; 23cm.