Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, March 27, 2001, Том 4

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Стр. 9 - Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, /. Assessing the Threat, December 1 5, 1999; and.
Стр. 10 - Currently, there is no overarching statement of what the United States is trying to achieve with its program to combat terrorism. Goals must be expressed in terms of results, not process. Government officials have, in the past, spoken of terrorism preparedness goals in terms of program execution. A comprehensive national strategy will answer the more fundamental and important question: To what end are these programs being implemented? Instead of a national strategy, the nation has had a loosely coupled...
Стр. 10 - The panel shall 10 1. assess Federal agency efforts to enhance domestic preparedness for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction; 2. assess the progress of Federal training programs for local emergency responses to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction; 3.
Стр. 15 - Issues, among others — will devolve to the National Office for Combating Terrorism. We also recommended that the National Office for Combating Terrorism absorb certain entities as adjuncts to its office, such as the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability. 5. Advisory Board for Domestic Programs. To assist in providing broad strategic guidance and to serve as part of the approval process for the domestic portion of strategy, plans, and programs of the National Office...
Стр. 13 - For those and other reasons, we recommended the establishment of a senior level coordination entity in the Executive Office of the President, entitled the "National Office for Combating Terrorism," with the responsibility for developing domestic and international policy and for coordinating the program and budget of the Federal government's activities for combating terrorism. The title of the entity is not as important as its responsibilities, the functions...
Стр. 15 - ... undertake any specific activity. With few exceptions, we recommended that existing programs remain in the agencies in which they currently reside. One notable exception will be the functions of the National Domestic Preparedness Office (NDPO), currently housed in the Federal Bureau of Inves15 tigatipn.
Стр. 14 - The National Office for Combating Terrorism should have sufficient budget authority and programmatic oversight to influence the resource allocation process and ensure program compatibility. That authority should include the responsibility to conduct a full review of Federal agency programs and budgets, to ensure compliance with the programmatic and funding priorities established in the approved national strategy, and to eliminate conflicts and unnecessary duplication among agencies. That authority...
Стр. 16 - ... process. The structure and specifics of the national program should derive logically and transparently from the goals, not the other way around. Basic Assumptions The Advisory Panel agreed on several basic assumptions to guide its approach to strategy development. First, "local" response entities — law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical technicians, hospital emergency personnel, public health officials, and emergency managers — will always be the "first" and conceivably only response.
Стр. 12 - ... should the nation seek a higher level of preparedness for its large urban centers than for its rural areas and, if so, how much higher? In the broad area of terrorism preparedness, what should be the relative importance of preparing for conventional terrorism, radiological incidents, chemical weapons, or biological weapons? With respect to biological weapons, which pathogens deserve priority? What priority and commensurate resources need to be devoted to defending against cyber attacks? A proper...
Стр. 12 - ... bottom up," developed in close coordination with local, State, and other Federal entities. Mr. Chairman, for those and other reasons, we believe that it is time to craft a national strategy for combating terrorism to guide our efforts — one that will give our citizens a level of assurance that we have a good plan for dealing with the issue; one that will provide State and local governments with some direction that will help them make decisions that will contribute to the overall national effort;...

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