Finding the Demons in Our Midst: Utilizing DOD ISR Assets to Combat Terrorist Use of CBRNE Weapons
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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The horrific terrorist attacks of September ii, 2001 on the U.S. homeland highlighted the threat that terrorism poses to U.S. national security. DoD operates globally a large network of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR assets which could be brought to bear in the effort to combat terrorism. The geographic Commanders-in-ChiefCINCs set the priorities for the intelligence networks in their Areas of Responsibility AORs according to their interpretation of the strategic guidance from the National Command Authority NCA. A key tenet of the new strategic setting is the grave threat to national security posed by terrorism, potentially using Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Enhanced High Explosive CBRNE weapons. This fact, coupled with the new strategic mandate that sets defense of the homeland as the highest priority for the U.S. military, dictates that each of the geographic CINCs set combatting terrorist use of CRBRNE weapons as the highest priority for their intelligence networks. The success or failure of this operational intelligence effort could have major strategic effects.
- Military Intelligence
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Unconventional Warfare