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Issues & Insights Vol. 03 – No. 03

For much of the past decade, specialists have debated the intent of terrorists and whether they would use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to their full destructive capabilities. The terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 not only brought the realities of mass casualties into sharp focus, but also highlighted important weaknesses in U.S. efforts to manage the crisis. Sept. 11 introduced a profound sense of uncertainty and insecurity into American life.