Assessing the Threat of Terrorists’ Use in Their Warfare of Radiological Exposure Devices (REDs) and Dirty Bombs

By Dr. Joshua Sinai

It is possible for terrorists to employ weaponized radiological exposure devices (REDs) and dirty bombs in their warfare to inflict mass casualties, physical destruction, and significant economic consequences against their adversaries. Although such radiological weapons may not inflict the catastrophic fatalities of a nuclear explosion, and they are known as “weapons of mass disruption,” their casualty rate is still sufficiently high if dispersed or exploded in a dens...