Combating Terrorism Use of National Guard Response Teams is Unclear.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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Operationally, federal efforts to combat terrorism are organized along a lead agency concept The Department of Justice, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, is responsible for crisis management of domestic terrorist incidents and for pursuing, arresting, and prosecuting the terrorists. State governments have primary responsibility for managing the consequences of domestic disasters, including major terrorist incidents however, the federal government can support state and local authorities if they lack the capabilities to respond adequately. The Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA manages this federal support through a generic disaster contingency plan known as the Federal Response Plan, which outlines the roles, responsibilities, and emergency support functions of various federal agencies, including DOD, for consequence management. The National Security Councils National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and CounterTerrorism, created in May 1998 by Presidential Decision Directive 62, oversees the broad variety of relevant policies and programs, including such areas as counter-terrorism, preparedness, and consequence management for WMD.
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