Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Monday May 1, 2006

What is it? Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) - Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) - consists of efforts to dissuade, deter, and defeat those who seek to harm the United States, its partners and allies through WMD use or threat of use, and, if attacked, mitigate the effects and restore deterrence. The Department of Defense (DoD) combating-WMD mission has as its foundation The National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction set forth by the President of the United States. It provides a proactive approach to combating WMD and a strategic framework consisting of three pillars: Nonproliferation (NP), Counterproliferation (CP) and Consequence Management (CM). NP efforts consist of the full range of diplomatic, economic, informational, and military instruments of national power to prevent or limit the acquisition or development of WMD capabilities. CP focuses on both state and non-state actors who possess active WMD programs and employs the full range of military activities to deter, identify, deny, and counter adversary development, acquisition, possession, proliferation, and use of WMD. CM consists of actions taken to respond to and mitigate the effects of the use of WMD against the United States, its forces and U.S. interests abroad, and to assist friends and allies to enable rapid recovery and restore essential services.

What has the Army done? The Army has embraced the approach laid out in the national and military strategies to combat WMD. Changes have been made within Headquarters, Department of the Army to develop expertise and focus efforts to address wide ranging and often disparate combating WMD issues and approaches. To provide an integrated and cohesive structure for Army efforts, the Army established the Army Council for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction. This council will identify, define, and focus Army combating WMD activities that support DoD policy - increasing the effectiveness of United States NP, CP, and CM activities.

-Nonproliferation (NP): The Army adheres to national implementation and compliance initiatives for cooperative threat reduction, treaties, agreements, export controls and international programs aimed at preventing, dissuading, and denying access to WMD capabilities Continue

For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

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