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The Resource Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

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Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development
Title
Barriers to bioweapons
Title remainder
the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development
Statement of responsibility
Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
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Language
eng
Summary
In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, states or terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. In 'Barriers to Bioweapons', Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley challenges this perception by showing that bioweapons development is a difficult, protracted, and expensive endeavor, rarely achieving the expected results whatever the magnitude of investment. Her findings are based on extensive interviews she conducted with former U.S. and Soviet-era bioweapons scientists and on careful analysis of archival data and other historical documents related to various state and terrorist bioweapons programs. Bioweapons development relies on living organisms that are sensitive to their environment and handling conditions, and therefore behave unpredictably. These features place a greater premium on specialized knowledge. Ben Ouagrham-Gormley posits that lack of access to such intellectual capital constitutes the greatest barrier to the making of bioweapons. She integrates theories drawn from economics, the sociology of science, organization, and management with her empirical research. The resulting theoretical framework rests on the idea that the pace and success of a bioweapons development program can be measured by its ability to ensure the creation and transfer of scientific and technical knowledge. The specific organizational, managerial, social, political, and economic conditions necessary for success are difficult to achieve, particularly in covert programs where the need to prevent detection imposes managerial and organizational conditions that conflict with knowledge production
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NIC/DLC
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Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, Sonia
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cornell studies in security affairs
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  • Biological arms control
  • Biological arms control
Label
Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The bio-proliferation puzzle -- The acquisition and use of specialized knowledge -- Impediments and facilitators of bioweapons developments: organization -- Management and exogenous factors -- The American bioweapons program: scientific progress, operational failure -- The Soviet bioweapons program: failed integration -- Small bioweapons programs and the constraints of covertness -- Preventing bioweapons developments: policy implications -- American bioweapons program: contractors -- American bioweapons program: approximate budget figures
Control code
FIEb17678432
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 220 pages
Isbn
9780801452888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)871186918
Label
Barriers to bioweapons : the challenges of expertise and organization for weapons development, Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The bio-proliferation puzzle -- The acquisition and use of specialized knowledge -- Impediments and facilitators of bioweapons developments: organization -- Management and exogenous factors -- The American bioweapons program: scientific progress, operational failure -- The Soviet bioweapons program: failed integration -- Small bioweapons programs and the constraints of covertness -- Preventing bioweapons developments: policy implications -- American bioweapons program: contractors -- American bioweapons program: approximate budget figures
Control code
FIEb17678432
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 220 pages
Isbn
9780801452888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)871186918

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