Are We Safe Yet?

It is not my area of expertise but I must admit that I think about nuclear and biological terrorism more than I used to. The current issue of IEEE Spectrum suggests that we may no longer feel like we’re living on the knife edge of 9/11 — but perhaps we should. In terms of radiological, nuclear, and biological attacks, we’re still as vulnerable as ever according to an IEEE interview with Richard L. Garwin. A longtime advisor to the U.S. government on matters of national security, Garwin is also a respected public critic of technology and technology policy, including, most recently, efforts to contain biological and nuclear terrorism. A fellow IEEE Senior Member, Garwin is the Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City) and an IBM Fellow Emeritus at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. If you don’t mind getting alarmed, read the interview.