Chemical warfare involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons.
A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used with intent to inflict damage or harm to living beings, structures, or systems.
A chemical substance is a form of matter that has constant chemical composition and characteristic properties.
Toxicity is the degree to which a substance can damage an organism.
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This type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, which together make up NBC, the military acronym for nuclear, biological, and chemical, all of which are considered "weapons of mass destruction".
Biological warfare —also known as germ warfare—is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war.
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Nuclear warfare is a military conflict or political strategy in which nuclear weaponry is used to inflict damage on the enemy.
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None of these fall under the term conventional weapons which are primarily effective due to their destructive potential.
The terms conventional weapons or conventional arms generally refer to weapons that are in relatively wide use that are not weapons of mass destruction.
With proper protective equipment, training, and decontamination measures, the primary effects of chemical weapons can be overcome.
Many nations possess vast stockpiles of weaponized agents in preparation for wartime use.
A stockpile is a pile or storage location for bulk materials, forming part of the bulk material handling process.
The threat and the perceived threat have become strategic tools in planning both measures and counter-measures.