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Preliminary Report on Literature Search for Legal Weapons of Mass Destruction Seminars

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Science Applications International Corporation SAIC is pleased to submit to the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office this preliminary report in support of the Legal Weapons of Mass Destruction Seminars project of Task Order Requirements Package No. 27, Current Events Research and Seminar Support. In fulfillment of Technical Requirement 3.1.1, this report presents the preliminary results of SAICs literature search of legal authorities relevant to weapons of mass destruction WMD consequence management CM. A bibliography, which will be used when researching the legal Deskbook, is included in this report. This report addresses some of the top-level Federal and State statutes and Federal directives that define the roles and responsibilities of various departments and agencies as they relate to consequence management. The report also identifies some of the issues resulting from the interaction of Federal and State departments and agencies that perform similar CM functions, as well as those issues that may arise as the affected agencies transition through the various phases of emergency and consequence management response. The documents and some of the issues addressed in this report are listed below. Presidential Decision Directive 39 details the policy of the United States in combating terrorism and reaffirms the lead agencies for the management of various aspects of the counterterrorism effort. It recognizes that states have primary responsibility in responding to terrorist incidents, including for WMD events, and the Federal government provides assistance as required. PDD-39 distinguishes between crisis and consequence management, and establishes the Federal governments primacy when responding to crisis management. The Stafford Act provides for assistance by the Federal government to the States in the event of natural and other disasters. It defines major disasters and emergencies, and addresses disaster relief programs, disaster preparedness and assistance, ha

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Nuclear Weapons

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