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- Weapons of mass destruction : Weapons that cause death or injury not primarily through kinetic energy of projectiles or the detonation of conventional explosives, but rather produce large-scale effects greater than possible with the same weight of explosives weapons; by means heat, blast and radiation from nuclear weapon; poisoning by chemical weapon; infectious disease by biological weapons; or acute or chronic radiation syndromes from radiological weapons.
- Nuclear weapon : A weapon that produces extremely powerful explosions from principles involving subatomic particle reactions, rather than the chemical reactions among atoms that power conventional explosives
- Biological weapon : Living organisms, or substances produced by living organisms, used as weapons to produce death or disease in human or agricultural populations
- Ballistic missile : A guided missile which, once its engines stop firing, follows a generally parabolic path to its target, defined by momentum, aerodynamic resistance, and gravity
- Ballistic missile defense : A combination of sensors, command and control systems, and missile/warhead kill mechanisms that protect a region, or, in the case of the U.S., theaters of operations as well as the nation proper.
- Ballistic missile penetration aids : Devices that variously attach to the reentry vehicles of ballistic missiles, or reenter separately with the real warheads, for deception of ballistic missile defense
- Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States : 1998 Congressionally-mandated study to assess emerging ballistic missile threats against the continental United States, whose recommendations showed greater urgency than those of the United States intelligence community
- Art Lundahl : (1915 – 22 June 1992) American aerial-photography expert whose detection of missile installations in Cuba in 1962 led to the Cuban missile crisis, and who founded the Central Intelligence Agency's National Photographic Interpretation Center.