2007 Army Posture Statement - Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction

Tuesday March 13, 2007

Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) consists of efforts to dissuade, deter, and defeat those who seek to harm the United States, its partners, and allies through WMD (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN)) use or threat of use and, if attacked, mitigate their effects and restore deterrence.

The DoD CWMD approach has as its foundation in The National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction set forth by the President of the United States. It provides a proactive approach to CWMD and a strategic framework consisting of three pillars: Nonproliferation (NP), Counterproliferation (CP) and Consequence Management (CM). It also includes the eight mission areas as defined in the National Military Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction: Offensive Operations, Active Defense, Passive Defense, Interdiction Operations, Elimination Operations, Consequence Management, Security Cooperation and Partner Activities, and Threat Reduction Cooperation.


Nonproliferation efforts consist of the full range of diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power to prevent or limit the acquisition or development of WMD capabilities.

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. To support these initiatives, the Army is working to achieve two nationally directed goals. First, the Army is helping to shape the future security environment as directed by the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and National Defense Strategy.

On every level, the Army is transforming and shifting from a reactive posture and becoming more proactive in its efforts to implement timely and preventive measures to preclude the need for crisis intervention and response relating to WMD. Second, the Army is fostering an atmosphere for expanding foreign partnerships and building partnership capacity, an established goal of the National Military Strategy for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a crosscutting enabler to win the Global War on Terror. Army cooperation in export controls and meeting its international treaty obligations contribute to this effort.

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