CBRN Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Relevance of the United States Armys Chemical Corps in the Support of Homeland Security and Defense against State and Non-State Actors
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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In 2002 homeland security became the number one priority in the National Military Strategy. With evidence of terrorism in the United States US, protecting the homeland became the new mission. The slightest mention of a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear CBRN weapons of mass destruction WMD threat can cause outrage, fear, terror, and panic. The US Army recognizes the three-dimensional nature of modern warfare and the need to conduct a fluid mix of offensive, defensive, stability operations and defense support of civil authorities simultaneously. The current state and non-state actors have CBRN WMD capabilities or desire to acquire them. The threat or employment of CBRN WMD, can seriously destroy US national powers. The deadly, destructive, and disruptive effects of these weapons and materials merit continuous consideration by the president, government, military and US citizens. The US military must train and remain prepared to conduct the full range of military operations throughout the operational environment, including the United States.
- Civil Defense