On the Verge – Criteria for Weapons of Mass Effect (011)

In this episode, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab, hosts a follow-on discussion with Colonel (ret) Ron Fizer and the Honorable Andy Weber about the criteria for determining what belongs to the category of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or weapons of mass effects.

Ron Fizer is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and fellow at LMI. He served in the force for 30 years in various command, staff and leadership positions across the Army, Joint Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Andy Weber is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense programs and has spent decades working to reduce the risk of WMD.

For further reading, please check out a three-part briefer written by Dr. Bajema exploring whether we should move beyond the WMD paradigm:

BRIEFER: Beyond Weapons of Mass Destruction: Time for a New Paradigm?

BRIEFER – Definitions Matter: The Role of WMD in Shaping U.S. National Security Strategy

BRIEFER: Weapons of Mass Agility: A New Threat Framework for Mass Effects in the 21st Century


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