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November 14, 2002


For The Fourth Annual Report To The President And The Congress Of The Advisory Panel To Assess Domestic Response Capabilities For Terrorism Involving Weapons Of Mass Destruction

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The Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons
of Mass Destruction was established by Section 1405 of the National Defense Authorization Ad for
Fiscal Year 1999, Public Law 105-261 (105th Congress, 2nd Session) (October 17,1998). as amended
by Section 1514 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2002, Public Law 107-107 (107th
Congress, 1st Session) (December 28, 2001). That Act directed that a federally funded research au-.cl
development center provide research, analytical, and other support to the Advisory Panel dunng the
course of its activities and deliberations. RAND has been providing that support, under contract from the
Department of Defense, since the Advisory Panel's inception.

The Advisory Panel's Annual Reports to the President and the Congress are documents of the Advisory
Panel, not RAND publications. They are prepared and edited by RAND professional staff and are
submitted for review and comment wrthin the U.S. Government Interagency process. The reports are not
copyrighted but do contain material from copyrighted sources. Copies of the reports may be obtained via
the Internet at: http://www,rand.org/nsrd/terrDanel

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