Proliferation of WMD and DHS


Although a later commission focused on the threat of biological terrorism the Commission report below should be considered seminal in its findings and conclusions on radiological threats. Today’s EM FORUM ably run by Amy Sebring and Avagene Moore focused on a new check list for assisting in developing radiologically resilient communities. When the transcript is posted I will add it to this blog post. Note the commission report was finalized before there was a DHS [March 1, 2003]!

The report includes a very very important disclaimer as to its coverage stating, on page 9:

“The Commission’s deliberations took place within the context of the broad nature of the proliferation threat, including the potential for WMD use within American borders. However,the legislation establishing the Commission prohibited us from reviewing or assessing U.S.domestic response preparedness and capabilities. The Commission believes that an effective capability to respond to the use of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons by states or sub-national groups, whether at home or abroad, is critical not only in the event of an attack, but also for its deterrent effect. The Commission believes these issues should be integrated.”

The lengthy commission report is captioned as follows and is available virtually from me on request.

Proliferation of

Weapons of

Mass Destruction

Report of the Commission to Assess the Organization

of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Pursuant to Public Law 293, 104 th Congress..In accordance with the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997

(P.L. 104-283) and the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental

Appropriations Act of 1999 (P.L. 105-277), we hereby submit the report of the

Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the

Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The Commission was established in January 1998 to perform its

assessment and report to Congress on specific administrative, legislative, and other

changes it believes would improve U.S. performance in combating proliferation.

It has been an honor to serve.

Respectfully submitted,

Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal

Government to Combat the Proliferation of

Weapons of Mass Destruction

P.O. Box 18205

Washington, D.C. 20036-8205

(202) 331-4060

Fax (202) 296-5545

Chairman

John M. Deutch

Vice Chairman

Arlen Specter

Commissioners

Anthony C. Beilenson

Stephen A. Cambone*

M.D.B. Carlisle

Henry F. Cooper

J. James Exon

Robert L. Gallucci**

Dave McCurdy

Janne Nolan

Daniel Poneman

William Schneider, Jr.

Henry D. Sokolski

Executive Director

Suzanne E. Spaulding

* nominated

** resigned

John M. Deutch

Chairman

Arlen Specter,

Vice Chairman

Anthony C. Beilenson Stephen A. Cambone*

Janne Nolan

M.D.B. Carlisle

Daniel Poneman William Schneider, Jr.

Henry D. Sokoloski

Enclosure

Henry F. Cooper J. James Exon Dave McCurdy

July 14, 1999

The Honorable Trent Lott

Majority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Leader:.In accordance with the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997

(P.L. 104-283) and the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental

Appropriations Act of 1999 (P.L. 105-277), we hereby submit the report of the

Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the

Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The Commission was established in January 1998 to perform its

assessment and report to Congress on specific administrative, legislative, and other

changes it believes would improve U.S. performance in combating proliferation.

It has been an honor to serve.

Respectfully submitted,

Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal

Government to Combat the Proliferation of

Weapons of Mass Destruction

P.O. Box 18205

Washington, D.C. 20036-8205

(202) 331-4060

Fax (202) 296-5545

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One Response to Proliferation of WMD and DHS

  1. wastewater1 says:

    Thank you for making available.

    While I am so very concerned about cybersecurity these days and protecting our beloved Republic from those seeking our demise in so many ways…I applaud the formation of this Commission to enable us to thwart the Proliferation of WMD’s and Amy Sebring as well as Avagene Moore in their efforts to assist our respective communities in becoming radiologically resilient which should be a priority as well. We must be prepared for worst case scenarios and given the advantage we have with the competencies we treasure making such efforts, we should all be rolling up our sleeves and helping assist local administrators and our first responders.

    We thank you for posting the transcript when available.

    Christopher tingus
    PO Box 1612
    Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
    chris.tingus@gmail.com

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