The National Weapons of Mass Destruction Strategy: Time for a Mid-Course Correction
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Deterrence of Weapons of Mass Destruction WMD is an important element of our National Security Strategy. Over the last several years efforts to counter this threat have grown tremendously. However, there is growing evidence that this effort has not been well planned, coordinated or executed. Numerous audits of the WMD program have found a consistent lack of prioritization and coordination of effort and allocation of resources. This paper will review the WMD threat, examine and assess the evolution of U.S. policy. and highlight specific weaknesses within the current strategy. In addition, the analysis will review Department of Defense DOD roles and responsibilities, some of which are duplicative and non-responsive to the needs of local, state, and federal officials. This duplication has directly led to a waste of valuable resources in terms of both manpower and money. Finally, the paper will provide concrete recommendations to improve the national counter WMD effort.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics