Defusing Armageddon by Jeffrey T. Richelson
Inside NEST, America's Secret Nuclear Bomb Squad

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The first in-depth examination of NEST: America's super-secret government agency operating to prevent nuclear terrorist attacks.


Jeffrey T. Richelson reveals the history of the Nuclear Emergency Support Team, from the events leading to its creation in 1974 to today. Defusing Armageddon provides a behind-the-scenes look at NEST's personnel, operations, and detection and disablement equipment--employed in response to attempts at nuclear extortion, lost and stolen nuclear material, crashed nuclear-powered Soviet satellites, and al Qaeda's quest for nuclear weapons. Richelson traces the Cosmos satellite that crashed into the Canadian wilderness; nuclear threats to Los Angeles, New York, and other cities; and the surveillance of Muslim sites in the United States after 9/11. Relying on recently declassified documents and interviews with former NEST personnel, Richelson's extensive research reveals how NEST operated during the Cold War, how the agency has evolved, and its current efforts to reduce the chance of a nuclear device decimating an American city.
 

About Jeffrey T. Richelson

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Jeffrey T. Richelson is the author of several books on intelligence, including Spying on the Bomb. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the National Security Archive. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
 
Published February 2, 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company. 335 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Dense political history of the high-tech agency devoted to ensuring that all those books and movies depicting evildoers sneaking nuclear bombs into America remain works of fiction.

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