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Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)

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Terrorist use of RDD--often called "dirty nuke" or "dirty bomb"--is considered far more likely than use of a nuclear explosive device. An RDD combines a conventional explosive device--such a bomb--with radioactive material. It is designed to scatter dangerous and sub-lethal amounts of radioactive material over a general area. Such RDDs appeal to terrorists because they require limited techinical knowledge to build and deploy compared to a nuclear device. also, the radioactive materials in RDDs are widely used in medicine, agriculture, industry, and research, and are easier to obtain than weapons grade uranium or plutonium.

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