weapons of mass destruction


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weapons of mass destruction (WMD)

weapons, such as nuclear or chemical weapons, whose purpose is to kill large numbers of people indiscriminately.

weap·ons of mass de·struc·tion

(WMD) (wep'ŏnz mas dĕ-strŭk'shŭn)
1. Weapons capable of producing widespread damage to buildings, facilities, and equipment. These weapons include high explosives and nuclear bombs using fission and fusion.
2. A legal term referring to high explosives, to nuclear weapons, but also misleadingly, to nondestructive unconventional mass casualty weapons to include biologic warfare agents, chemical warfare agents, and point sources of radiation.
See also: mass-casualty weapons
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Consequence management refers to the ability to respond to weapons of mass destruction effects against forces deployed abroad and to assist friends and allies.
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Finally, these funds will also support specialized training for emergency personnel and remediation workers who may be called upon to respond to future attacks using weapons of mass destruction such as weaponized microbials.

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