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New study examines factors contributing to CBRN pursuit

Organizations that are most likely to pursue a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapon tend to be lethal (cause a high number of fatalities), allied (highly networked) and based in wealthy countries, according to new findings from researchers at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). However, those factors did not necessarily relate to an organizations’ ability to acquire a CBRN weapon. 

The team’s findings are published in a new START research brief, “CBRN Activity and Attacks by Insurgent Organizations.”