U.S. Frets Over Super Weapons

War games focus on germs, gas and the stuff of military nightmares


A rogue state is on the verge of developing a deadly biological weapon against which the rest of the world has no defense. Through its connections to extremist groups and smugglers, the regime could be planning to launch bio attacks on U.S. allies and interests.

With tensions mounting, a cabal of American military officers, intelligence agents, scientists, industry officials and theoreticians gather at a secure facility within the Defense Department's oldest base. Their mission: to plot America's response to the bio-weapon threat. The ideas — some good, some bad, a few downright horrifying — flow freely.