Activities: 2002: Abstract: Neimeyer

April 25, 2002Dr. Charles Neimeyer

Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, Dean of Academics, Naval War College

Dr. Charles P. Neimeyer, Dean of Academics, Naval War College offered to our Executive Lecture Forum members, and guests an outstanding updated analysis on the United States role in Homeland Defense and the Terror War. In his opening remarks he explained that the use of extreme violence against large numbers of civilians will be the major problem the United States will have to contend against.  He predicted that given the propensity of terror organizations to seek to cause mass casualties, that such groups will undoubtedly devolve toward acquiring weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Dr. Neimeyer focused on three likely sorts of weapons that terrorists might seek to
obtain: nuclear, chemical, and biological.  While nuclear weapons were the most
frightening possibility and would cause the greatest number of casualties in the shortest
period of time, he believed that of the three types of WMD weapons, this scenario
would be the least likely to be used against the U.S. In his opinion terrorists could achieve this effect with chemical or biological weapons, which were much easier to hide and obtain than nuclear material. That is not to say that a weapon of some nuclear sort, like a conventional bomb with radioactive material, will not be used to contaminate some target in the future. Nonetheless, he believed that terrorists will use what is easiest to obtain, and they envision these terror.

So what is to be done about the strategic problem of terrorism, our speaker asked underlined that we must eliminate the underlying causes of terrorism by using: a\ military counterattacks on terrorism; b\imposing a globally effective rule of law;  c\strengthening and expending international cooperation. The combination of all three would be the most effective strategy fighting terrorism on a global scale, concluded Dr. Neimayer he well received briefing.

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