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Research Challenges in Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC SUBCOMMITTEE ON DOMESTIC IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
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Terrorists have repeatedly shown their willingness and ability to use explosives as weapons worldwide and there is ample evidence to support the conclusion that they will continue to use such devices to inflict harm. In acknowledgement of this threat, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 19 HSPD-19, Combating Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States, which establishes overall national policy, and calls for the development of a national strategy and an implementation plan to deter, prevent, detect, protect against, and respond to terrorist use of explosives in the United States. The Department of Justice DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security DHS, in coordination with the Department of Defense DoD and other interagency partners, developed the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Use of Explosives in the United States and the HSPD-19 Implementation Plan, which provide a way forward. Both the National Strategy and the Implementation Plan highlight the importance of a coordinated approach to a counter-IED C-IED RDTE program. The co-chairs of the NSTC CHNS, with concurrence from the Office of Science and Technology Policy OSTP and the Homeland Security Council HSC, established the Subcommittee on Domestic IEDs D-IED SC to serve as the formal mechanism for this coordination. The membership of the D-IED SC comprises representatives of the organizations in the Federal government that have responsibilities in the area of countering the terrorist use of IEDs.
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