Intelligence Law Glossary - WMD


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WMD

[Weapons of mass destruction]

Statutory Law

50 U.S.C. § 1801(p) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 36: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance—Subchapter A: Electronic Surveillance)

“Weapon of mass destruction” means—(1) any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas device that is designed, intended, or has the capability to cause a mass casualty incident; (2) any weapon that is designed, intended, or has the capability to cause death or serious bodily injury to a significant number of persons through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals or their precursors; (3) any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector (as such terms are defined in section 178 of title 18, United States Code) that is designed, intended, or has the capability to cause death, illness, or serious bodily injury to a significant number of persons; or (4) any weapon that is designed, intended, or has the capability to release radiation or radioactivity causing death, illness, or serious bodily injury to a significant number of persons.

50 U.S.C. § 2302(1) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 40: Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction)

In this title:
   (1) The term "weapon of mass destruction" means any weapon or device that is intended, or has the capability, to cause death or serious bodily injury to a significant number of people through the release, dissemination, or impact of—
      (A) toxic or poisonous chemicals or their precursors;
      (B) a disease organism; or
      (C) radiation or radioactivity.

50 U.S.C. § 2902(2) (2010) (Title 50—Chapter 43: Preventing Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism)

In this title:
   (2) The terms "weapons of mass destruction" and "WMD" mean chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and chemical, biological, and nuclear materials used in the manufacture of such weapons.

Administrative Law

Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1(pp) (1995) (superseded)

“Weapons of mass destruction” means chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons.

Executive Order 13,526, Classified National Security Information, § 6.1 (uu) (December 29, 2009)

For purposes of this order:
(uu)  "Weapons of mass destruction" means any weapon of mass destruction as defined in 50 U.S.C. 1801(p).