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BIOHAZARD: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World, by Ken Alibeck, with Stephen Handelman, Random House, 1999.

Biological weapons are a poor man's potential weapon of choice, cheap and relatively low-tech, and useful for terrorists and non-state actors. Colonel Kanatjam Alibekov who left Russia in 1992 and now has simplified his name, was a former official in the USSRs covert biological warfare program.This is his story, including types of experiments, and methods and failures in biological safety measures. He advocates the need for programs to keep biological capabilities out of the hands of terrorists, and the need for improved US defensive preparations, including an innovative idea for boosting the human nonspecific immune reaction to the inital entrance of biological agents. The US Marine Corps war-gamed this last year and found that it had potential - a reason why the Chief of Staff of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab at Quantico reviewed this book.(WTimes 10Aug 99, rev. by G. Anderson - not reviewed by editor) (RoyJ)

Reviewed in AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #35-99, 3 Sep 1999

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